1st Asia-Pacific CBR Congress Bangkok, Thailand ABSTRACTS


In Asia and the Pacific, the Asia and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (2003 — 2012), promoted by UNESCAP, has given an impetus for Governments and NGOs to create an inclusive, barrier free and rights-based society. A regional policy guideline, the Biwako Millennium Framework for Action (BMF) and its supplement, the BMF plus Five, promoted a paradigm shift from a charity to a rights-based approach to disability.

Globally, the CRPD came into force and we are at the beginning of the new era, in which the entire UN system and ratified countries are obligated to ensure the realization of rights of persons with disabilities.

Against this background, the First Asia-Pacific CBR Congress is being organized in Bangkok, Thailand, as a joint initiative of the UN agencies. Governments and civil society. The major theme of the Congress will be "Community-based Inclusive Development: people with disabilities and their families" with several sub-themes such as "CBR as grass-root strategy to promote Inclusive development" and "Stakeholders' roles for promotion of CBR and inclusive development". Leading experts from across the world would be available for sharing their experiences and assisting one another. Persons with disabilities, their families and organizations are specially encouraged to participate in the congress to share their wealth of experiences.

Official language of the congress will be English.


- Bring key stakeholders together to share resources and to be updated

-Develop an alliance and resource base for the Asia-Pacific region among UN, Governments (GO), NGOs, DPOs and others.

-Promote CBR as an effective multi-sectoral strategy to reduce poverty , ensure rights and enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families

- Promote the importance of the implementation of the CRPD, the BMF and BMF plus Five.

- Promote community-based inclusive development for people with disabilities and their families.

- Introduction of CBR Guidelines: a joint publication of WHO, ILO and UNESCO in partnership with civil society.

-Promote research and evidence - based practice related to CBR


Message from the Chairperson of the National Organizing Committee (NOC)  3

Background    4

Tentative program    6


18th February 2009

Plenary Session

  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities & CBR   10
  • CBR and inclusive development for people with disabilities and their families    12

Concurrent Session

Al: CBR Matrix and Inclusive Development     13

B1: CBR & Women with Disabilities    17   

C1: CBR Experiences from Various Countries     21

A2: Inclusive Development Focusing on Health, Education,   27

Livelihood and Social Inclusion/Participation

B2: CBR and CRPD Implementation   33

C2: CBR Experiences from Various Countries    37

19th February 2009

Plenary Session

・ BMF, BMF+5, MDGs and their linkages with CBR    43

・ CBR and Alliance / Partnership Building [session 1]     44

・ CBR and Alliance / Partnership Building [session 2]     48

Concurrent Session

Al: Research and Evidence-based Practice in CBR     53

B1: Vulnerable Groups (Leprosy as a Case Study)     58

C1: CBR Experiences from Various Countries    62

A2: Capacity Building/Development of CBR Implementers   69

B2: CBR & Accessibility   76

C2: CBR Experiences from Various Countries   80

20th February 2009

Plenary Session

・ CBR, Empowerment & Disabled Peoples' Organizations    86

  • CBR Networks    90

Concurrent Session

Al: CBR/Physical/Medical Rehabilitation& Assistive Technology    96

B1: CBR & Psycho-social Disabilities/Mental Health     101

C1: CBR & Self-Help Groups     107

Congress Organizers & Supporters    112

Map of Congress Venue    115

Congress Floor Plan   116

In case of emergency or any inquiry   117