Our Work

 

Supporting implementation of UNCRPD and Lao Disability Decree

Active and effective in supporting government to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), signed in 2009, and Decree on the Rights of People with Disabilities introduced in 2014.

LDPA is represented on the drafting team for the national policy on disability.

Raising awareness of disability rights and equality

Skilled and experienced trainers provide awareness raising to community groups and students in rural and urban areas, government and INGO staff, and journalists.  In 2015-2016, LDPA trained 1.023 people – with disability and non-disabled – in 3 provinces.

Training goals:

  1. Raise participants’ awareness of the rights and equality of people with disabilities in Laos and promote an inclusive society.
  2. Motivate participants to protect people with disabilities from discrimination and promote respect for the dignity of people with disabilities.
  3. Ensure all participants can access, understand and respond to all training materials and are fully included in all training activities.

Supporting independent living

Recognising the importance of earning an income for the independence and dignity of people with disability, LDPA teams with partners to provide livelihood opportunities:

  • 2011-2014 with Handicap International, assisting 147 people
  • 2014-2016 with AAR, assisting 120 people
  • 2015-2016 with World Education, assisting 70 people

Working with partners, LDPA enhances employment prospects of members through job preparedness training, job placement and inclusion forums with employers and government.

Assisting people with intellectual disabilities

Formed in 2008, the Intellectual Disability Unit, supported by Caritas Australia and World Education, empowers the community to improve the quality of life of children with intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties, teaching social and vocational skills.  IDU also provides rehabilitation services to children with intellectual disabilities and cerebral palsy.  This is the only service of its type in Laos, with a large and growing unmet need.

Opening opportunities to participate in sport

Sport contributes to social inclusion and physical and mental strength.  Working with ADDP and AAR, LDPA fostered the development of wheelchair basketball in Laos.

Building capacity in provincial branches

LDPA plays an important role in building the leadership and organisational capacity of members in 11 provincial offices.  Provincial branch activities are directed towards building human rights based knowledge and providing information about services available to people with disability.