By Nagase Osamu
Parents in Lao PDR in Southeast Asia are supported by the Asian Development of Disabled Persons (ADDP), Japanese NGO, headed by Ms. Maejima Tomiko. When I visited Vientiane, the Laotian capital, invited by ADDP to organize a CRPD parallel report workshop (29 August 2018), co-organized by my Center for Ars Vivendi, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, for the Laotian disability community, I took the opportunity to meet Laotian mothers and fathers (photo) and encouraged parents whose children with disabilities are receiving vital services from ADDP, to (a) continue to provide peer support and (b) submit their views as part of the parallel report to be submitted to the CRPD Committee. The initial report of Lao PDR will be reviewed in 2020 and its List of Issues will be adopted in 2019. ADDP kindly agreed to serve as the liaison between Inclusion International and the parents who may decide to form a group in the future.