DPI/AP Reports 2008

Disability Equality Training (DET) at ESCAP

After the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) came into force on 3 May 2008, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) realized that it should be a leading organization to implement CRPD as one of the United Nations (UN) agencies. With this reason, in order to be a role model of CRPD implementation, ESCAP in collaboration with other UN agencies, Disabled Peoplesโ€™ International Asia-Pacific and Disabled Peopleโ€™s Organizations decided to establish a working committee called โ€˜ESCAP Inter-divisional Working Group on Accessibilityโ€™ as a consultation group to improve accessibility features in the UN premises in Bangkok, which still have many accessibility problems to persons with disabilities such as a registration desk that is too high, sticky carpets, heavy toilet doors, narrow spaces in meeting rooms, etc. More importantly, many of UN staffs, especially the security guards who always deal with visitors to the UN premises, do not know how to assist or accommodate needs of persons with different types of disabilities. Sometimes, this results in appropriate accommodation.

After a couple of meetings of the working group, we agreed that before renovation/improvement on accessibility in the UN premises, we should have a workshop on disability so that UN staffs can have a better understanding on disability and are able to assist/accommodate persons with disabilities properly. In this regard, the Disability Equality Training (DET) was suggested for this workshop. At first, DET was scheduled to 7 November 2008. However, due to the unstable situation in Bangkok, it was postponed to 2 December 2008.

Download: Word Document: Disability Equality Training (DET) at ESCAP (141 KB)
Author: Mr. Sawang Srisom, ARDO
Language: English
When: 12/12/2008

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