ESCAP is pleased to mark the 2015 International Day of Persons with Disabilities by launching both a new publication and a newly improved and relocated Accessibility Centre. The theme of the day is ‘Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities’. The day raises awareness about the many barriers faced by more than one billion persons who live with disabilities around the world – 650 million of whom live in the Asia-Pacific region.
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The 2015 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (GITC) was held in Jakarta, from 26 to 29 October 2015. The event was co-organized by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Indonesia, the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea and several other entities. Over 100 youth with disabilities and 62 governmental representatives from 15 countries, including most of those in South-East Asia, participated in IT competitions in the area of information searching, making story books and creating games through Scratch programmes.
Information for All: The ESCAP-CDPF Workshop on Accessible Knowledge, Information and Communication for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, was held from 15 to 17 December 2015 in Shanghai, China, in partnership with the Government of China, China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF) and Shanghai Municipal Government.
ESCAP hosted the opening ceremony of the 2015 Art for All camp this week, which offers young people with a range of disabilities the opportunity to develop their skills and talents by engaging in artistic activities.
The ceremony took place on 29 July 2015, at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, and featured musical and dance performances from some of Art for All’s young participants, many of whom are deaf and hard of hearing; blind and partially sighted; young persons with intellectual disabilities, and young persons with physical disabilities.
When Kazakhstan ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) earlier this year, it also marked the early achievement of the Incheon Strategy goal to achieve ten new ratifications in Asia and the Pacific by 2017. Kazakhstan ratified the treaty on 21 April 2015, becoming the 37th country in the region, and the 154th country in the world to do so.