APCD "Empowerment" Volume 59

APCD "Empowerment" Newsletter Volume 59, March 2014

East Asia

"Make the Right Real" Workshop in Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 26 March 2014

Official group photo of Workshop participants

The "Make the Right Real" Workshop was presented in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on 26 March 2014. The event was held by Mongolia's Ministry of Population Development and Social Protection and the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the National Rehabilitation Development Center of Mongolia, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), the World Bank, the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia, the Community-Based Rehabilitation Asia-Pacific Network, the Amici di Raoul Follereau (AIFO), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Leading the event were Mongolian Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Altankhuyag Norov and H.E. Mr. Enkhbold Zandaakhuu, Chairman of Parliament of Mongolia, who delivered a special message. A message from the President of Mongolia, H.E. Mr. Elbegdorj Tsakhia was also shared in the opening. It was attended by more than 800 participants, including government officials, persons with disabilities and the business sector from the country's rural communities.

One of the highlights of the event was the unveiling of not only the Mongolian translation of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” but also of its other accessible formats such as sign language, audio and braille. These materials were handed over by the Minister of Population Development and Social Protection, Mr. Erdene Sodnomzundui to ESCAP's Mr. Patrick Andersson, Social Integration Section Chief. The Government of Mongolia affirmed further collaboration with APCD to promote the movement on disability and development.



East Asia

"Workshop on Community-Based Inclusive Development in Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 27-28 March 2014

Opening ceremony by organizers

Held in Ulaanbaatar on 27-28 March 2014, the Workshop on Community-Based Inclusive Development in Mongolia was conducted by the Mongolia's Ministry of Population Development and Social Protection and the Ministry of Health in cooperation with the National Rehabilitation Development Center of Mongolia, ESCAP, WHO, APCD, the World Bank, the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia, the Community-Based Rehabilitation Asia-Pacific Network, and JICA.

Participants, particularly those with disabilities expressed their full support for the workshop because they were able to exchange ideas and opinions with various sectors, including the government, community stakeholders, the business sector, and medical professionals about issues relating to the concept of Community-based Inclusive Development (CBID). Participants with disabilities in rural areas indicated their desire to learn more about CBID and strengthen their networks.



Southeast Asia

Experience Sharing Workshop on Disability Inclusive Business in Mekong Countries, Yangon, Myanmar, 20-21 March 2014
Workshop participants from Myanmar
Workshop participants from Myanmar

The “Experience Sharing Workshop on Disability-Inclusive Business in Mekong Countries” was organized by the Myanmar Independent Living Initiative (MILI) in collaboration with the Nippon Foundation at the Park Royal Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar, 20-21 March 2014. APCD, as the partner of MILI and the Nippon Foundation, joined the Workshop as well to support a Disability-Inclusive Business movement in Myanmar.

The aim of the Workshop was to share and exchange experiences about Disability-Inclusive Business among persons with disabilities and the business people locally. The Workshop was attended by over 80 participants from Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.



Southeast Asia

CIAI/APCD Capacity Building Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, 4-5 March 2014
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Training participants  getting useful tips and insights from CIAI/APCD staff

The Centro Italiano Aiuti all'Infanzia (CIAI) and APCD successfully conducted a two-day capacity-building training for its "Community for All" project on 4-5 March 2014 at the APCD Training Building in Bangkok, Thailand.

Each representing the "Community for All" project target areas, namely Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phayao, and Sisaket, the four Operations Specialists were oriented about the CIAI/APCD project and the Community-based Inclusive Development concept. CIAI's "Community for All" project seeks to provide accessible environment to persons with disabilities in the four target provinces.

The Workshop, conducted to develop the capacity of CIAI/APCD project staff, gave the participants an overview of the logical framework for the project, project structure and job descriptions, as well as draw up general steps for implementation, all of which will help develop strategies for the effective management of the CIAI/APCD project. Specifically, the Operations Specialists were oriented about their roles and the work processes involved.




APCD Job Opportunity
Report on Celebration to “Make the Right Real”: Promotion of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Myanmar
APCD's various publications

APCD is looking for a Graphic Designer to join its Information and Knowledge Management Department. The successful candidate is expected to conceptualize accessible designs and layout for APCD's publication and collateral materials, as well as be able to prepare accessible formats for its various publications.

Deadline for the submission of applications is 15 April 2014. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The details are available at:


Empowerment Cafe's Picks for March

We bring you Empowerment Cafe's choice articles related to disability. March being International Women's Month, read about the importance of keeping women with disabilities in mind and the article “Don’t Forget Women with Disabilities on International Day of Women” is a good reminder. Persons with disabilities are also warned of fake job offers in “Private Firms Offer Fake Jobs to the Disabled”. Learn why good dental care remains elusive for persons with disabilities, and read more about an appeal to make polling booths friendly to differently-abled persons.