Regional roundtable in New Delhi, India

Klaus in Delhi, IndiaBy Nagase Osamu

Council member. Regional representative for Asia Pacific.

On 7 October 2013, Inclusion International organized a regional roundtable in New Delhi, assisted by Parivaar, our full member from India.  The roundtable took place at the National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, which generously offered the meeting place.

It was chaired by Klaus Lachwitz, president of Inclusion International, and Nagase Osamu, regional representative for Asia and the Pacific.  Present were members of Parivaar, National Trust, Guardians Federation of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities from Nepal and Inclusion Japan.

Participants had very lively discussions on the implementation of the CRPD, including support to families, self-advocacy, inclusive education, and the right to decide.  Some of issues discussed included the role of families in decision-making in the Asian context, different meanings of self-advocacy for people with and without higher support needs, and much-needed shift of responsibility of education of children with disabilities from the social ministry to education ministry in line with the CRPD. The roundtable also discussed the on-going membership review process.

The roundtable took place in the wake of National Conference of Self Advocates, which gave birth to Self Advocates Forum of India (SAFI) on 4 and 5 October, and immediately before the 21st  Conference of Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities, 7-11 October, both of which took place in New Delhi, India.