National Action Plan for Skill Training of Persons with Disabilities Launched

New Delhi: The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot has said that the Government is committed to the holistic empowerment of persons with disabilities through education, rehabilitation and especially skill development and employment. Shri Gehlot said that the National Action Plan is a partnership between the Ministry of Skill Development […]

Kyrgyzstan: Activists Say Government Dithering on Disability Convention

When Maria Neboga’s daughter was diagnosed at birth with three debilitating neurological diseases, doctors urged her to commit the paralyzed baby to a state-run institution. “In our country, such children are considered unpromising and hopeless. Since my daughter’s birth, doctors have tried to convince me of that,” Neboga said. The 33-year-old single mother from Osh, […]

Equality for Persons with Disabilities in Political Elections

Jakarta, 2 February 2015 (Press release) – General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) held its 3rd Regional Dialogue, “Upholding the Political Rights of Person with  Disabilities – Enabling Accessible Elections”, on January 28 -29, at JS Luwansa Hotel, in Jakarta. More than 180 participants from 27 countries attended the conference which addressed issues vital to the political […]

Second Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022

The Second Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities is being organized by ESCAP in cooperation with the Government of India through the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment from 2 to 3 March 2015 in New Delhi, India. The Session will be convened in pursuance of […]

Kazakhstan ratifies CRPD

ASTANA: The Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Jan. 20 as part of the Kedergisiz Keleshek (Future without Barriers) program which is being spearheaded by the ruling Nur Otan party. President of the Kazakhstan Confederation of Disabled People Zhanat Omarbekova spoke about the […]

Indonesia to host disability access conference

Gorontalo (ANTARA News) – Indonesia will host the third General Election for Disability Access (AGENDA) South Asia Conference to discuss the political roles and rights of the disabled, revealed a committee members press statement, Thursday. The conference will be held on January 28 to 29, 2015, and aims to seek a solution to the challenges […]

New HRW report — “Treated Worse than Animals: Abuses against Women and Girls with Psychosocial or Intellectual Disabilities in Institutions in India”

(New Delhi) – Women and girls with disabilities in India are forced into mental hospitals and institutions, where they face unsanitary conditions, risk physical and sexual violence, and experience involuntary treatment, including electroshock therapy. As one woman put it, they are “treated worse than animals.” In a new report released today, Human Rights Watch found […]

New report: Inclusion in Vietnam: An intersectionality perspective on girls with disabilities and education

The journal Childhood has published an article titled Inclusion in Vietnam: An intersectionality perspective on girls with disabilities and education. Click here to read the report on the journal’s website.