People with disabilities, Indonesian health leaders and academics, international and national disability associations, and humanitarian organizations are gathering in Jakarta, Indonesia, on December 7 for a national seminar on the impact of assistive technology in the lives of people with disabilities in Yogyakarta Province. The seminar has been organized by UCP Roda Untuk Kemanusiaan (UCPRUK), UCP Wheels for Humanity’s Indonesian office.
Since Indonesia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) in November 2011, Yogyakarta Province has led the nation in disability rights. The seminar will celebrate the achievements and lessons learned from various initiatives of government and non-government organizations in the development of sustainable, high quality and affordable assistive technology services. Experts will also consider the direction and strategy for development of assistive technology services within Indonesia’s wider health system.
Commenting on the seminar and the provision of assistive technology and health services for people with disabilities, Perth Rosen, Director of Programs at UCP Wheels said, “Our colleagues at UCP Roda Untuk Kemanusiaan, have been integral to these efforts, providing technical guidance to develop a national model for the provision of assistive devices, supporting ongoing provision of appropriate wheelchairs, and playing a key role in advocacy efforts with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Welfare and other contributing government entities.
“In order for a national model to be established the solution must be rooted within the established healthcare infrastructure. We look forward to the best practices established during this pilot phase in Yogyakarta being rolled out to the benefit of people with disabilities nationally.”
UCPRUK will be presenting on the critical importance of providing appropriate wheelchair services based on the World Health Organization (WHO) 8-Steps, which established international standards for the provision and distribution of wheelchairs and wheelchair services.
For more information on how UCPRUK are implementing the WHO 8 Steps Guidelines, watch this video.