3 December 2019
A commemoration ceremony for the International Day for Persons with Disabilities took place in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.
Chairman of the National Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities Vice President U Henry Van Thio attended the ceremony and gave a speech.
The Vice President said Myanmar is implementing for the rights of PWDs in line with the UN Convention and Regional Strategic Agreement. A national strategic plan (2020-2025) was also drafted based on ASEAN Enabling Masterplan (2025), and in line with the UN Convention on Rights of PWDs and Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (2018-2030).
The International Day for Persons with Disabilities has been held since 1994, and it's been 26th time. The theme for this year is "The Future is Accessible".
President, Shwe Min Tha Foundation, Myat Thu Win said “Comparing to the past, it's been very satisfying to see the works carried out for the rights of the persons with disabilities. Many people have awareness on implementing for it. It needs to promote and protect the rights of disabilities and to ensure it. But we still need to make efforts for betterment of the opportunities. It is a long journey that can never be ended.”
Rating of disabilities and registration process will be carried out in NyaungLayPin of Bago Region, HlaingThaya of Yangon Region and Pa-An of Kayin State.
Deputy Director-General, Department of Rehabilitation, Dr. Tun Zaw said “The ceremony aims to raise awareness of PWDs themselves and the public in implementing for the rights of persons with disabilities with accelerated momentum. We also want them to know more about the rights of PWDs and the works being implemented for them.”
"Future we want" pilot project was also initiated in Yangon City for convenient transportation access of the persons with disabilities. Two more pilot projects are also planned to organized at MyoMa Market and Water Fountain Garden in Nay Pyi Taw.
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