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Disabled rejoice over BTS ruling

Thailand Disabilities Network

Skytrain stations to get lifts, special carriages

People with disabilities who have fought for better facilities at Skytrain stations and on trains yesterday rejoiced as the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) handed down a ruling in their favour

The Supreme Administrative Court reversed a lower court's ruling and ordered City Hall to install lifts at all 23 Skytrain stations, or BTS, within one year to help people with disabilities. Lifts are...

he ruling was hailed as a major victory, particularly after the Central Administrative Court in 2009 threw out the group's petition, which demanded city officials add more lifts, following years of being..

The lower court was aware of the Interior Ministry's law on facilities for disabled people, which took effect in 1999, but it said it could not compel City Hall to comply because it had already approved...

However, a group of disabled people led by Suporntum Monkolsawadi said the ruling was based upon an unfair technicality, and insisted on the need for better access to transport. They appealed the verdict,...

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Deep Condelences to Mr.Bounviene

Mr.Bounviene

We are saddened to report the death of Mr.Bounviene, president of Lao Disabled People's Association.

Many of you have met him at some events in the last several years and some of you might know how close disability movement in Lao People's Democratic Republic was to him. Mr.Bounviene, passed away on 30th December 2014. He's been sick for weeks before his death.

On behalf of Disabled Peoples' International Asia-Pacific Region. We thank God and Bounviene’s family for such a wonderful gift to the disability rights in Lao People's Democratic Republic and beyond.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015

Greetings of the New Year 2015

The moments we share together are, Wishing you good times, good health, good cheer and success to your work on disabilities movement,

Happy New Year

From Disabled Peoples' International Asia-Pacific Region (DPI/AP)

New Year 2015 card

International Day of People with Disability, 3 December

Secretary-General's Message for 2014

This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on the theme, “sustainable development: the promise of technology”.

Technology has changed the world, bringing knowledge within reach and expanding a range of opportunities. Persons with disabilities can benefit enormously from such advances, yet too many lack access to these essential tools.

As the international community works to develop an ambitious and inspiring post-2015 development agenda that leaves no-one behind, we must harness the power of technology for development for all.

Through adaptive, assistive and inclusive technology, persons with disabilities can make the most of their potential in their communities and in the workplace. Employers can harness technology to create an enabling environment for persons with disabilities to find productive employment and fully use their skills and capacities.

Technology can also help persons with disabilities caught up in natural disasters by making sure that critical information reaches them. Equally important, technology can help us include the particular needs of persons with disabilities in disaster preparedness and response.

Let us spare no effort to ensure that policies, programmes, guidelines and 21st century technologies are accessible to persons with disabilities, and sensitive to their perspectives and experiences. Together, let us work for a better future that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable for all.

Ban Ki-moon

Source http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/2014/sgmessage.shtml

Writing competition award

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Prior to the 4th of ADF Conferences in Myanmar 16-18 December

A writing competition is being organized in conjunction with the annual conferences convened by the ASEAN Disability Forum. This year’s conference, entitled “Disability Inclusive: Sustainable, Peace, Justice and democratization.” The 4th of ADF committee Conference is pleased to offer a ticket and accommodation for the competition winner for four (4) days from 15 to 18 December, 2014.

General Requirements

- Not published paper

- Only for citizen of ASEAN member states

- Winner announcement be committee responsibility and no one can be interfered

Submission requirements

Submissions must be in English and should be between seven (7) and ten (10) pages in length, including footnotes. The text of the paper must be typed and 1,5 spaced pages in 12 point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins. Footnotes may appear single spaced in 10 point Times New Roman font. The title of the paper must appear on every page of the submission. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the submission itself.

A separate document should be provided including (1) the author’s full name, address, telephone number and email address; (2) the title of the submission; and (4) the date of the submission.

Papers must be electronically submitted to:

the committee of ADF writing competition award in adfsecretariat9@gmail.com

Papers must be received no later than 11:59 p.m (Indonesia time in west part ) on December 5, 2014.

Criteria

Submissions will be judged by a committee of ADF. The following factors will be considered:

- Topic based on DECADE PRIORITY AREAS AND RELATED ASEAN COMMUNITY (see below)

- Background and the problem

- Thoroughness and depth of topic

- Contribution to the state of writer

DECADE PRIORITY AREAS AND RELATED ASEAN COMMUNITY

1. Realisation and protection of fundamental rights and freedom of Person With Disabilities (PWDs).

2. Development and effective implementation of disability discrimination laws and mainstreaming disability issues in policy and Planning

3. Employment and decent work

4. Adequate and appropriate education

5. Health care and rehabilitation , including community-based rehabilitation

6. Political participation and access to justice of Person With Disabilities (PWDs)

7. Livelihood, poverty alleviation, and social services

8. Independent living and community inclusion

9. Children with disabilities

10. Women with disabilities

11. Older persons with disabilities

12. Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport

13. Accessibility (e.g. ICTs, ATs, information, facility,transportation, services)

14. Capacity building of government, Self-Help DPOs, and CSOs

15. Person With Disabilities (PWDs) in Emergencies

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