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People with Disabilities Should Have Same Rights as Indonesian Citizens

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara (kemsos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - On the commemoration of the International Day for People with Disabilities (IDPWD) 2020, Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara said that persons with disabilities have the same and equal rights as other Indonesian citizens, and are guaranteed by law. It is the State's obligation to make it happen so that they get equal opportunities in developing themselves as human beings with dignity.

Juliari revealed that currently there are three policies being discussed by the Ministry of Social Affairs together with cross ministries and institutions, namely (1) Policies for data collection and harmonization of persons with disabilities across sectors; (2) Policies for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in planning and budgeting processes that are inclusive of persons with disabilities; (3) Expanding the range of integrated and comprehensive services based on family and community.

"As directed by the President earlier, the formulation of this policy must involve persons with disabilities and stakeholders to participate fully, because they have an equal right to be involved in formulating policies that accommodate their rights," Juliari said on Thursday (12/03/2020).

One part of its implementation is to collect data on persons with disabilities to obtain accurate data on persons with disabilities. This data collection is based on information technology and can be accessed by the public.

"With accurate data on the number of people with disabilities, it will greatly help focus the formulation of appropriate policies for persons with disabilities," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

Furthermore, the Chairperson of the Indonesian Association of Persons with Disabilities (PPDI) Gufroni Sakaril said that people with disabilities want all access to be opened as wide as possible, including access to education, work, social, political, and all aspects of life.

"We don't want to be parasites in the family, society and country. We want to be assets for the family, society, nation and state. There is a lot of evidence that if people with disabilities are given the opportunity they can work well. The homework is on how to create an ecosystem that supports people with disabilities," Gufroni said.

He said persons with disabilities need a friendly ecosystem which has access to, and which accepts them to be part of community members with the same potential as other communities.

"We really miss an inclusive society as well as the international theme of IDPWD 2020, namely Rebuilding a Better Life in an inclusive, accessible and sustainable direction after the Covid-19 pandemic," he said.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of the Indonesian Rare Disease Community Yola Tsagia said parents with disabilities really hoped that the government could open the widest possible access for persons with disabilities to health facilities.

“For us parents of children with Rare Diseases, it is often difficult to get equipment or medicine. Most of them eventually have to be imported from abroad, they are expensive, and it takes a long time to procure them, while our children are struggling with their situation," said Yola.

IDPWD 2020 Commemoration

The activities carried out in commemoration of IDPWD 2020 include the launching of the website, the Disability Show and the Disability Award. This series of activities was held in an effort to improve disability services towards digitalization.

Director General of Social Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Social Affairs Harry Hikmat said that for the first time in commemoration of IDPWD, persons with disabilities and the general public could witness various activities directly online.

"What's unique is that through the website, the website can also be a medium for people with disabilities to market their products/works, and access the marketplace more easily, wider, and faster. Visitors who like their works can also buy them right away," he said.

He is also grateful that the public's enthusiasm and enthusiasm is very good in welcoming new innovations in commemoration of IDPWD 2020. In the period from 18 November to 2 December 2020, the total number of website visitors has reached 8,442 visitors, a total of 626,325 pages opened, and total clicks on website pages reached 1,420,166 page clicks.

"We hope that the celebration of International Day for People With Disabilities 2020 can be enjoyed by all Indonesians, and will become a momentum to continue to build a more inclusive and more advanced Indonesia," said Harry.