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
Tentative program 6
18th February 2009
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
・ 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
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
・ CBR, Empowerment & Disabled Peoples' Organizations 86
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