“First Executive Committee Meeting of the Community-based Rehabilitation Global Network”, APCD Training Building, Bangkok, Thailand, 1-2 July 2013
Discussion among the CBR Global Network Executive Committee Members
Twelve Executive Committee Members of the Community-based Rehabilitation Global Network (CGN) gathered at the first Executive Committee meeting to push forward cooperation on CBR/Community-based Inclusive Development (CBID) globally, and to pin down the CGN strategy for future development with an aim to ensure the barrier-free world for all.
Topics shared and discussed in the Executive Committee meeting included the importance of networking, organizational development and the management of CGN, and other related matters. The meeting was organized by CGN in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD). It was the first gathering after the formation of CGN at the first CBR World Congress held in Agra, India in 2012.
“Workshop for the Establishment of a Group of Self-Advocates with Intellectual Disabilities in Lao PDR”, Vientiane, Lao PDR, 12 July 2013
Group Photo of "Talent Group" Members
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW) and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) in collaboration with the Lao Disabled People’s Association (LDPA) jointly organized the “Workshop for the Establishment of a Group of Self-Advocates with Intellectual Disabilities in Lao PDR” to facilitate the process to establish a group of persons with intellectual disabilities and to promote community-based inclusive development.
Thai leaders with intellectual disabilities and APCD shared their experiences and lessons learned concerning self-advocate groups in the Greater Mekong Sub-region with over 30 participants, including persons with intellectual disabilities, parents, supporters and concerned authorities. The “Talent Group”, the first Self-Advocacy Group with Intellectual Disabilities in Lao PDR was established with support from MLSW, APCD and LDPA as the outcome of the workshop.
"Training for Thai Resource Persons on Leadership and Empowerment Program (LEP) 2013", APCD Training Building, Bangkok, Thailand
The “Training for Thai Resource Persons on Leadership and Empowerment Program (LEP) 2013” has been implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) to empower young Thai persons with disabilities to become international leaders on disability and development. The program has been rearranged after receiving positive response from the participants of the LEP 2012.
The training consists seven short-course sessions during May to December 2013, aiming at developing skills in English and facilitation of six young persons with disabilities in all over the country. APCD’s resource persons take their turns to share their experiences and knowledge in various topics such as story-telling, training management, effective presentation, non-handicapped environment, experiential learning, and reflection and evaluation. It is expected that the training would help gain the participants’ confidence. In the future, training participants are going to collaborate with APCD and share unique experiences with younger fellows.