Disability in Lao PDR

According to the United Nations, approximately 10% of the world’s population (about 700 million people) live with a disability.  They are the world’s largest marginalised group.  The United Nations Development Programme estimates that over 80% of all people with disability live in developing countries.

In Lao PDR, a developing country, and in other developing countries, disability is often misunderstood and misrepresented.  Overcoming this is a significant challenge for Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO’s) representing and/or working with disabled people in developing countries.  Increased public knowledge and awareness of disability is an essential part of this process.       

The following pages are intended as a resource for people interested in learning more about disability in Lao PDR.  Here you will find a series of factsheets prepared by the LDPA and a description of the DPO’s working in the disability sector in Lao PDR.

Disabled People’s Organisations

Factsheets

Lao Disabled People's Association

Disabled People’s Organisations

The LDPA is a recognised Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO).  A DPO is an organisation representing and/or working with disabled people.  By definition, a DPO is also run and controlled by a majority of people with disabilities.  The LDPA is the leading DPO working in the disability sector in Lao PDR but we share close working …

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Factsheets

Despite the magnitude of disability as an issue, awareness of disability is lacking worldwide.  This series of factsheets provides readers with a basic understanding of disability with a specific focus on disability in Lao PDR. Factsheet 1 – What is Disability? (English)  Factsheet 2 – The Diversity of Disability (English)  Factsheet 3 – Disability in …

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