IDA Board Member, Saowalak Thongkuay

Hi! I am Saowalak Thongkuay and I came here to attend the IDA board meeting on behalf of ASEAN Disability Forum, or ADF for short. ASEAN Disability Forum is a regional cross-disabled people’s organisation in south-east Asia. Our members are comprised of 10 DPOs in 10 ASEAN State Members and one associate DPO, namely Timor Leste disabled people’s organisation. The aim of ASEAN Disability Forum is to work parallel with associations from south-east asia nations to mainstream disability perspectives in ASEAN mechanisms. In ASEAN there are three main frameworks, namely political security framework, economic framework and socio-accountable framework, in which disabilities are strongly included in socio-cultural framework only. So, therefore ADF wants to bring disability issue out of socio-cultural framework and include in socio-economic and political framework

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