Dina Afrianty – Last Saturday, 3 December, the world marked the International Day of People with Disability, an annual event designed to "increase public awareness, understanding and ac
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December 6, 2022
November 7, 2022
Yohana Belinda, Jakarta – Non-inclusive public transportation excludes disabled Indonesians, forcing them into seclusion from social life and professional opportunities.
August 21, 2022
Jakarta – Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini earlier this week submitted Indonesia's report on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
May 30, 2022
Eka Yudha Saputra, Avit Hidayat, Jakarta – A total of 150 disability organizations were set to file a letter on Monday, May 30, 2022, demanding Finance Minister Sri Mulyani respect the
May 15, 2022
Nivell Rayda, Yogyakarta, Indonesia – As a person stricken with polio since he was a toddler, Triyono knows firsthand how hard it is for people with disabilities in Indonesia to travel
May 4, 2022
Catholic-majority Timor-Leste has moved forward with the adoption of two international treaties aimed at ensuring the rights of disabled people.
December 4, 2021
Anita Permata, Raka Adji, Jakarta – The National Commission on Anti-Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) has asked the Health Ministry to develop health facilities that are easily
December 3, 2021
Cheta Nilawaty P., Jakarta – Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini or popularly known as Risma drew criticism from many people with disabilities after forcing a deaf child who is usin
December 2, 2021
One may be forgiven for having little hope for the welfare of disabled people in Indonesia, after the country's social affairs minister – whose job it is to ensure their well-being – pr
December 4, 2020
Dina Afrianty, Mahalli and Slamet Thohari – Indonesia had made considerable progress in introducing policies that promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in public life in the
October 31, 2020
Arya Dipa, Bandung – The Bandung-based NGO Syamsi Dhuha Foundation (SDF) in West Java has launched a smart walking cane called BriCane for the visually impaired to help their mobility.
October 25, 2020
Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has signed a government regulation that requires regional administrations to have a disability service unit (ULD) on manpower tha
October 21, 2020
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The COVID-19 health crisis has made it difficult for Indonesian women with disabilities to access help and support, local advocacy groups say, as a recen
October 12, 2020
Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – A coalition of disability rights activists and groups across the country raised their call on the government to repeal the newly passed Job Creation Law,
August 6, 2020
Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – A coalition of disability rights groups has turned to the Supreme Court to challenge a number of articles they deemed problematic under a presidential regulati
June 25, 2020
Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – Disability rights organizations from across the country have signed a petition to urge President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to revise a newly issued regulation on th
June 12, 2020
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – "Sir/Ma'am, I'm deaf. I cannot read your lips because you're wearing a mask. I'm here to withdraw my money. Please write down what I need to do.
May 30, 2020
Jakarta – The Social Affairs Ministry hosted a virtual event to celebrate the 24th National Day for Elderly People on Friday.
April 26, 2020
Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – Pahala, 74, has to rely on his son, an angkot (public minivan) driver, to buy instant noodles or eggs to eat during the COVID-19 outbreak.
April 18, 2020
Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Blind and visually impaired people in Greater Jakarta are vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic as they have yet to be included on the government's list of t
February 20, 2020
Deaf students are joining mainstream universities in greater numbers in Indonesia since a regulation was passed on accommodating special needs in higher education.
October 24, 2019
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – British Council Indonesia collaborated with London design studio Intoart and local brand CottonInk to put on a fashion show featuring designers and models with di
September 24, 2019
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has thanked ride-hailing firm Grab Indonesia for its initiative to hire more disabled driver partners, especially th
August 5, 2019
Heru Andriyanto & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Presidential Staff Office announced on Monday the government has decided to reinstate Romi Syofpa Ismail, a wheelchair-bound dentist in
July 26, 2019
Beritasatu Team & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – South Solok district in West Sumatra has come under fire for disqualifying a dentist based on her disability, despite being in good health a
July 22, 2019
Dina Afrianty – Despite many controversies surrounding deliberation on the anti-sexual violence bill in Indonesia's parliament, people with disabilities welcome the new bill.
July 10, 2019
Syofiardi Bachyul Jb, Padang – A number of activists in Padang, West Sumatra, protested on Tuesday the removal of a dentist from the civil servant candidate list because she has a disa
March 4, 2019
Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – Anggiasari Puji Aryatie, 39, carries a remarkable spirit as a triple-minority legislative candidate who has no political leverage or much money for her c
February 18, 2019
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – A Malaysian disability NGO has responded to a viral video posted by a wheelchaired man who was prohibited from entering a mosque in Padang, West Sumatra, be
January 23, 2019
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – A video of a disabled man being told to pray outside the West Sumatra Grand Mosque in Padang, West Sumatra, because his wheelchair was "not clean" sparked o
December 17, 2018
Paulina Quintao – The President for the Special Olympics, Maria Domingas Fernandes Alves, said people with disabilities, including intellectual, vision, and hearing, and with other phys
December 5, 2018
Rezanti Putri Pramana – In 2011, Indonesia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
November 14, 2018
As both the head of the influential Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and the running mate of President Joko Widodo in the 2019 election, Ma'ruf Amin is one of the most powerful people in
April 22, 2018
Anne Barker – The isolated western Java village of Ciburuy has possibly one of the highest rates of albinism in Indonesia, and nobody seems to know why.
April 20, 2018
Some sidewalks in Indonesia feature tactile paving strips designed to guide blind pedestrians, which is great, but it's clear that some designers are painfully oblivious as to their act
April 16, 2018
Paulina Quintao – The Ministry of Health (MoH) in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MSS) through the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) are discussing about the best
August 11, 2017
Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – Ninety-five disability rights groups across Indonesia have rejected the government's plan to issue only one government regulation (PP) to enforce Law No.
March 22, 2016
Jakarta – The International Labor Organization (ILO) has called on the business sector to offer employment opportunities and equal treatment to people with disabilities following the passing of a l
December 3, 2015
Jakarta – Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Susana Yembise has urged lawmakers to include articles mandating access to public facilities for disabled people as th
October 9, 2015
Jakarta – The government and lawmakers have eliminated almost half of the articles in a draft bill on people with disabilities, raising concerns that the bill will fail to address the needs of disa
September 5, 2015
Paulina Quintao – The President of the Executive Council of the Disability Association Timor Leste (DATL) Joaquim Freitas dos Santos urges the independent establishment of the National Council for
August 18, 2015
Jakarta – Flawed regulations have given rise to stigma and discrimination toward people with disabilities.
May 2, 2015
Jakarta – An advocacy group has criticized a House of Representatives' early draft of the disability bill, demanding a revision because of what it deems to be a discriminatory approach.
April 13, 2015
Haeril Halim, Jakarta – The National Coalition of People with Disabilities has called on the House of Representatives to revise the current draft of a bill on disabled persons before deliberations
December 15, 2014
Paulina Quintao – Member of Parliament Antoninho Bianco has criticized the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) for its failure to ensure people in rural areas have
December 4, 2014
Ainur Rohmah and Arya Dipa, Semarang/Bandung – Thousands of disabled persons celebrated 2014 International Disability Day at Temanggung regency square in Central Java on Wednesday.
April 24, 2014
Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – Advocacy groups for disabled persons are seeking a new law to replace the current 1997 disability law, which they say is ineffective.
March 13, 2014
Bambang Muryanto, Jakarta/Yogyakarta – People with disabilities and differently abled people threatened on Wednesday to take legal action against Education and Culture Minister Mohammad
January 30, 2014
Paulina Quintao – The Disability Working Group (DWG) Timor-Leste President, Joaquin Soares, demands the Government of Timor-Leste ratify the International Convention on the Rights of th
December 4, 2013
Andi Hajramurni and Slamet Susanto, Makassar/Yogyakarta – While the government's commitment to ensuring equal employment opportunities for disabled people is being questioned, people wi