LEV’s new project supporting DPOs in Asia Pacific

Inclusion International member in Denmark, Landsforeningen LEV, has initiated a new project with 4 organisations from Myanmar: Future Stars, Myanmar Down Syndrome Association, Myanmar Autism Association and Eden Centre for Disabled Children. LEV met all the organisations during a pre-study visit in 2017 and decided to support the intellectual disability movement by designing the project called “The First Seed – ID family network”.

I met with most intellectual disability organisations in Yangon, last year. Many of the parents have challenges with converting the UNCRPD [UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities] into actual practices that help their children with intellectual disabilities. At the same time there is a passion and motivation among the parents we must support.”

Sune Barker, Project Manager of Landsforeningen LEV.

The project has two focuses: to support the individual organizations with basic organizational development (OD) training and to support the creation of an informal network of DPOs working with and for people with intellectual disabilities.

The project was initiated in January 2018 and will finish in June 2019. The project will train at least 364 individuals, providing capacity-building, financial management, human resources management, internal and external communication systems and collaborations with other disabled persons’ organisations. For the first Kick-off session in January, the demand was quite high, with more people than anticipated wanting to attend the training. Hence, LEV and the project team are looking into the possibility of expanding the trainings to allow more participants.

The project has already received a lot of attention from the public and the disability movement:

Television about the Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPrBNqr04P8&feature=share&app=desktop 

Article from Myanmar Times: https://www.mmtimes.com/news/network-launched-ramp-support-mentally-impaired.htm