The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is annually observed on 3 December. EUSA increasing its efforts into including sport competitions for student-athletes with disabilities at its events.
Commemorated since 1992, the day aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
In recent years, EUSA has made marked efforts into promoting disability inclusion in sport, with Para Swimming and Para Table Tennis introduced for the very first time at the third edition of the European Universities Games in Zagreb/Rijeka in 2016.
Forming part of the programme at the 5th European Universities Games in Belgrade (July 14-27, 2021), Serbia will be a Para Table Tennis and Sitting Volleyball tournament, allowing student-athletes with disabilities to compete and showcase their skills on the continental stage.
Alongside the sports competitions, the Games will focus on educational and social aspects of university sport in Europe, featuring various conferences and workshops where the topic of disability inclusion in sport will also be discussed.