Championing Assistive Technology in Indonesia’s new National Commission for Disabilities
In 2018-2019, the Indonesian Government, specifically the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs (Kemenko PMK), and the Ministries for National Development Planning (Bappenas), Health, and Social Affairs – supported by CHAI under the AT2030 programme – conducted a national assessment on the capacity for AT provision, using the Assistive Technology-Assessment Capacity tool that was developed by the World Health Organization. The assessment (‘National AT Landscape in Indonesia’) yielded insights on the capacity for financing, procurement, and provision of AT in the country. Gaps and opportunities to increase access to AT were identified and documented in an AT scoping report. The National AT Landscape in Indonesia was also instrumental in raising awareness around AT in Indonesia.
December 2021 has marked a new milestone for persons with disabilities in Indonesia. President Joko Widodo appointed seven members of the newly established National Commission for Disabilities (KND) for the 2021-2026 period. Eka Prastama Widiyanta, former programme officer for CHAI under the AT2030 programme in Indonesia, was appointed as one of the country’s seven KND Commissioners.
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