After hosting Asian Para Games, Indonesia should make disability inclusion a priority

Indonesia successfully hosted the Asian Para Games in October. Not only did Indonesian Para athletes break their medal target like their fellow athletes competing in the Asian Games, the event made disability no longer invisible. Athletes from Thailand in action during the Asian Para Games 2018. www.shutterstock.com/FocusDzign For many Indonesians, it was probably the first time they…

It’s time for Indonesians to say goodbye to the ‘supercrip’

Indonesia has received widespread praise for the successful organisation of the 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games. While Indonesia deserved the plaudits it received, the Games also served to highlight outdated attitudes to people with disability. Asian Para Games athlete Maria Goreti Samiati. Photo by Mohammad Ayudha for Antara. Life for people with disability in…

Disability data and the development agenda in Indonesia

At the heart of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is poverty reduction and improved welfare for the world’s poorest people, measurable by social statistics. However, it is increasingly clear that progress in basic services aimed at malnutrition, education and income has bypassed persons with disabilities . As a result, world leaders have reaffirmed their commitment…

Membuka pintu pendidikan lebih lebar bagi siswa difabel di Indonesia

Hari Disabilitas Internasional yang diperingati setiap 3 Desember bukan hanya untuk mendukung penyandang disabilitas tapi juga hari untuk mengambil tindakan demi memastikan warga difabel mendapatkan haknya. Sebuah kolaborasi Indonesia-Australia meninjau apakah lembaga pendidikan di Indonesia, termasuk lembaga pendidikan Islam, membuka pintunya bagi penyandang disabilitas. Pemerintah Indonesia telah berupaya mempromosikan pendidikan yang inklusif dan mudah diakses…

People with disability: locked out of learning?

Indonesian students with disability are challenged by inadequate support and lack of accessible teaching and learning facilities. Photo by Tommy Kristiawan Permadi. Indonesia has made good progress towards increasing enrolment in higher education but it still has a long way to go to improve equity – especially for people with disability. Stigma, physical barriers and a…

Disability inclusive education in Indonesian Islamic education institutions

Contrary to popular Western belief, the Indonesia Islamic education system and its schooling institutions have remained an important counter institution to processes of colonisation, while adopting elements of western education system. Emerging in the late nineteenth century in a form of traditional institution known as Pesantren in Java and Kalimantan, Dayah in Aceh and Surau in West Sumatra, they provided a…

Improving education inclusion for disabled people in Indonesia

December 3 has become a day of action and celebration for furthering the rights of people with disabilities around the world. An Indonesia-Australia collaboration has looked into whether Indonesian schools, including Islamic institutions, open their doors to disabled people. The Indonesian government has made efforts to promote accessible and inclusive education for people with disabilities.…