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11-12 December 2017


The Heritage Hotel, Manila, Philippines



We, the participants of the 6th ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF)

Conference 2017, organised by the ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF), in

cooperation with The organisation of Persons with disabilities (DPOs) in the

Philippines and multi stakeholders, to promote the UN Convention on the

Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and the objectives of the

ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2011-2020) in south east Asia



DO HEREBY call upon the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Member

States, Regional Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Disabled People’s

Organisations (DPOs), and organisations that work for persons with


To urge and expedite the inclusion of the issues and concerns of

ASEAN citizens with disabilities in the three pillars of the ASEAN

Community, namely: political-security, economic, and socio-cultural

pillars, with regards to the development, formulation and

implementation of policies, programs and activities in

accordance with international agreements commonly accepted by the

ASEAN Community;


ASEAN Disability Forum statement 2017

To acknowledge the imperatives of engagement of Persons with

Disabilities in all ASEAN Community institutions such as

the Independent Monitoring Committees for the implementation of the

UNCRPD, the ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities, the

Incheon -Strategy, and the Beijing Declaration (2017);

To urge and fully support the meaningful participation of DPOs in

the development of tools and mechanisms for the inclusion of

disability issues in all policies, programs and activities of the ASEAN

Community on the basis of the principles and provisions of the CRPD

and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thus, the

necessity to establish indicators and monitor compliance therewith;

To urge the ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN

Members’ national statistics agencies to collect data and provide

statistical analyses on Persons with Disabilities by utilising the tools

developed by the Washington Group on Disability Statistics;

To require UN-ESCAP to share relevant statistical information with

ADF as a member of the working group;

To urge the ASEAN governments to expedite the establishment of

Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of

Persons with Disabilities;

To urge other ASEAN agencies and institutions such as AICHR,

ACWC and ACMW to set up committees within their institutions

to monitor compliance to the principles and provisions of the CRPD;

To encourage and support the ADF members and national DPOs to

connect with and develop healthy working relationship with their

respective country’s Human Rights Commissions (HRC) and

media establishments to document and disseminate information on

cases of human rights violations involving Persons with Disabilities as

a means to aid in the ADF advocacy of protecting their rights;

To urge the ASEAN Community through its political-security pillar and

associate entities of Parliamentarian (AIPA) to promote and protect

the civil and political rights of Persons with Disabilities so as to enable

them to freely express, practice and enjoy their rights and freedom of

self-determination through accessible electoral processes;


ASEAN Disability Forum statement 2017

To encourage and fully support the ADF to introduce, promote and

share strategies that are accepted as best practices in the efforts to

end poverty and discrimination, to reduce gender inequality,

to promote healthy living, and to provide opportunities for education

and employment.  This requires availability, accessibility and

transparency of budget processes and procurement policies of

governments addressing through Senior Official Meeting of Social

Welfare Development (SOMSWD);

To encourage ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) to

promote Disability Inclusive Business and having procurement policy

research on the inclusion of persons with disabilities on the business

sectors in ASEAN;

To encourage ASEAN Member States, their government agencies

as well as the business sector through their associate entities in

ASEAN to promote the building of facilities that are safe, resilient and

accessible for Persons with Disabilities through the use of modern

technology and universal design;

To encourage ASEAN Member States, their government agencies,

ASEAN Mayor Forum and the business sector to adopt the

development of inclusive cities, municipalities and communities by

addressing environmental and accessibility issues in transportation

and other public services to promote independent living of Persons

with Disabilities;

To establish Standards on Accessibility that can be adopted

by ASEAN Member States and encourage their implementation. This

requires the installation of Technical Support Agencies through

including to member of associate entities related i.e transportation

(land, sea and sky) and aviation, and the establishment

of independent audit teams to monitor compliance of the Member


To urge ASEAN Commission on Women and Children (ACWC) to set

up its policy strategy on tackling the violence against women and

children with disabilities by included it in ACWC Regional Plan of

Action implementation;


ASEAN Disability Forum statement 2017

To ensure access to justice, participation in the peace and conflict

resolution processes and equality of opportunities in development by

raising awareness of the benefits derived from respecting the

differences between persons and accepting human diversity in all

society.  This requires the necessity of paradigm shift in looking at

Persons with Disabilities resulting to them being stigma-free. The

resolute practice of non-discrimination and inclusion shall enhance

protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

productive participation of DPOs in policy development, decision-

making, and political processes;

To promote disability as a cross-cutting and intersectional issue from

development and justice perspectives of Migrant Workers, Women

movement, Indigenous Peoples and Private/Business Sector;

To aggressively advocate for a paradigm shift in looking at

the provision by government of Personal Assistants, Sign Language

Interpreters and other human support personnel to Persons with

Disabilities from being considered as merely expensive welfare cost

to an imperative of productive investment in human resource. This

economic input will increase employment generation and thereby

expand the consumer base and the tax payer population.  Aside from

enhancing the tapping of the productive capabilities of Persons with

Disabilities, the paradigm shift shall decrease the liability burden of


Encourage international development agencies working on persons

with disability issues to develop their works with the twin track

approach such as mainstreaming and inclusion of the Persons with

disabilities and affirmative action approach to leverage the level of

equality and eliminate the discrimination by providing the reasonable

accommodation or adjustment; the target of work should be started

from the most marginalised group within disabilities i.e women,

children, psychosocial and deaf-blind, indigenous groups, victims of


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