Meeting and Collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, Indonesia, 24-26 April 2016
A gathering among ASEAN senior officials, APCD and other partners
The Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) met with officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat from 24 to 26 April 2016 to exchange information and updates of its activities, including the APCD/JAIF Project in the Mekong region and strengthen their partnership in terms of pushing forward the empowerment of persons with disabilities in the region. The meeting was also held to discuss future collaboration for projects in the ASEAN region, including autism-related activities and events.
Orientation of Thai Persons with Disabilities for the 60 Plus+ Bakery & Cafe Project 2016, Bangkok, Thailand, 25-29 April 2016
Bread-making exercise at 60 Plus+ Bakery & Cafe for orientation trainees
The APCD and Thai Yamazaki Co., Ltd. conducted an Orientation of Thai Persons with Disabilities for its 60 Plus+ Bakery & Cafe Project 2016 from 25 to 29 April 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Project is implemented by APCD and Thai Yamazaki in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS) of Thailand with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Thai Beverage Co., Ltd.
The 12 trainees will undergo an on-the-job training at the 60 Plus+ Bakery & Cafe, a part of the 60 Plus+ Project's series of activities commemorating Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's 60th birth anniversary in 2015. The Project aims to empower persons with disabilities and promote a barrier-free, inclusive and rights-based society for all.
1st Vietnam Autism Awareness Day, Hanoi, Vietnam, 1-2 April 2016
Persons with autism and their families and supporters at the first ever Vietnam Autism
In commemoration of the 1st Vietnam Autism Awareness Day, the Vietnam Autism Friendship Games was held successfully in Hanoi, Vietnam from 1 to 2 April 2016. The events were organized by the Vietnam Autism Network (VAN), the APCD and the Government of Vietnam through the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat, the Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD), JICA and the ASEAN Autism Network (AAN).
The event was graced by the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, H.E. Mr. Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee. The first ever Vietnam Autism Friendship Games was attended by around 2,000 persons with autism, their families and supporters, with different recreation, leisure and sports activities.
Visitation by the New JICA Thailand Office Chief Representative, Bangkok, Thailand, 27 April 2016
Tour of the 60 Plus+ Bakery and Cafe
The new Chief Representative of the JICA Thailand Office, Mr. Hiroo Tanaka, visited APCD on 27 April 2016 to further strengthen ties between Japan and Thailand through APCD's collaboration. During the visit, he was given a tour of APCD's accessibile facilities and the 60 Plus+ Bakery & Cafe, as well as interacted with the trainees of APCD's Skills Development for Thai Persons with Disabilities 2016. The visit was also to introduce the new Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) to APCD, Ms. Ruriko Tsune.
World Autism Awareness Day 2016 Symposium, Tokyo, Japan, 9 April 2016
Presentation about APCD's autism-related regional activities
The World Autism Awareness Day 2016 Symposium was held on 9 April 2016 in Tokyo, Japan with over 400 participants attending. The symposium was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan through the Office of Support for Children with Disabilities and Persons with Developmental Disorders and the Autism Society of Japan along with other relevant ministries and organizations. The APCD shared its expertise on autism-related regional activities and projects in the Asia-Pacific region.
National Consultation Workshop for the Development of Lao PDR's Draft on National Disability Policy, Vientiane, Lao PDR, 31 March-1 April 2016
Group photo of workshop participants
The National Committee for Disabled and Elderly People (NCDE), with support from Handicap International and in collaboration with APCD and other stakeholders, organized the Workshop for the Development of Lao PDR's Draft on National Disability Policy in Vientiane on 31 March 2016. The APCD provided inputs for the development of the Policy, including the inclusion of emerging groups of persons with disabilities such as persons with autism, persons with intellectual disability, persons with psychosocial disability, persons who are hard of hearing, among others.
Apart from the workshop proper, the APCD also shared its publications and information about its recent activities and projects with the JICA representatives and conducted accessibility audits of Srikeud Market in Naxaithong District for its APCD/Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Project.
Study Visit of Social Policy & Development Programme Students, Faculty of Social Administration, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, 8 April 2016
A Thammasat University professor interacting with APCD's Skills Development Training
participants with disabilities
The APCD hosted the study visit of students of the Social Policy & Development Programme, Faculty of Social Administration of Thammasat University on 8 April 2016.
The purpose of the visit was for the students to learn more about APCD's history and regional activities on disability and development, to interact with various types of persons with disabilities from the empowerment perspective and to observe APCD's accessible features based on the Universal Design concept.
Field Visit of the London School of Public Relations Jakarta, Bangkok, Thailand, 28 April 2016
Group photo with London School of Public Relations (LSPR) Jakarta colleagues
The APCD welcomed colleagues from the London School of Public Relations Jakarta led by its Dean, Madam Prita Kemal Gani on 28 April 2016. The visit, held in cooperation with the Association of Parents for Thai Persons with Autism, aimed at introducing the visitors to APCD regional activities, touring APCD's accessible working environment and the 60 Plus+ Bakery & Cafe, and excplore future collaboration.