ADB.Disability - TOWARDS INCLUSION AND PARTICIPATION...

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TOWARDS INCLUSION AND PARTICIPATION THROUGH ENGAGEMENT OF DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS By: Ms. Venus Ilagan, DPI, Asia Pacific The views expressed in this paper are the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), or its Board of Directors or the governments they represent. ADB makes no representation concerning and does not guarantee the source, originality, accuracy, completeness or reliability of any statement, information, data, finding, interpretation, advice, opinion, or view presented.
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2 Towards Inclusion and Participation Through Engagement of Disability Organizations By VENUS M. ILAGAN Chairperson, Disabled Peoples’ International Asia-Pacific Region Introduction Persons with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific Region have over the years, remained among the poorest of the poor. Cultures and societies treated disabled persons in one of just a few ways. We were frequently viewed as objects of misfortune or misdeed who were shunned, ignored and pitied. Despite the emergence of international standards to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in development, proclamations and in-country legislations and policies, integrating people with disabilities in mainstream development remains a major challenge for most governments in the region. Disabled people are disproportionately undereducated, untrained, unemployed and underemployed, and generally poor. Vast range of issues including physical and social barriers must be considered and addressed within the context of full participation of people with disabilities in community life, if we are to be included in the development process. Without access to the full range of community services and experiences as a vital step, people with disabilities will not be able to confront barriers to inclusion in general. Fortunately, we see signs that a new paradigm is emerging – one that recognizes that people with disabilities have abilities and have the same rights to participate fully in their societies as do non- disabled people. This kind of thinking does not rely on charity nor on conformity to the so-called norm. It is about leveling the playing field so that disabled people can access jobs and transportation services, ensuring universal design, accessible technology and coordinated public programs and services. It is about removing physical and societal barriers. It is about attitude
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3 adjustment for employers, teachers, health care professionals and even family members. Some key barriers to participation 1. Accessibility barriers : such as the lack of access to the built environment like access to transportation, buildings and structures; lack of mobility aids and appliances; lack of access to technology and assistive devices, sign language interpreters and brailled materials, among others. 2.
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