September 2009-August  2010 | AHRC and PDF provide DPO Governance Training

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) partnered with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to coordinate and deliver governance and human rights training to nine countries in the Pacific. It also provided an opportunity for government and DPO representatives to begin working and planning together on strategies to progress the rights of people with disability in their countries.

PWDA provided support to the program by developing and delivering the advocacy component of  the training. Other support organisations include the Pacific Islands Forum  Secretariat (PIFS) and the Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT).

April 2009 | PDF Conference and Council Meeting, Vanuatu

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) held its first Pacific Regional Conference in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 20-24 April 2009. The Conference consisted of three separate events  - the Women with Disability Forum, a two-day Conference program and the PDF General and Council meetings.

Co-hosted by PDF member Disability Promotion and Advocacy Vanuatu (DPA), the Conference provided PDF members, including PWDA and other participants with an opportunity to discuss disability and development and regional initiatives and projects.

February 2009 | 1st International  Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Congress in Bangkok

PWDA participated in the First Asia Pacific Community Based Rehabilitation Congress, 'Community – based Inclusive Development: Persons with disabilities and their families', which was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 18-20 February 2009. This Congress was held as a joint initiative between UN agencies, Governments and civil society.

The Congress brought together leading experts in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), people with disability and their organisations, donor and development  agencies involved in disability inclusive development, Government and Non-government organisations and many others to share knowledge and experiences of CBR, promote the effectiveness of CBR as a multi-sectoral strategy and develop future alliances and networks for the realisation of the rights of people with disability.

February 2009 | PWDA visited DPOs and other NGOs in Thailand and Laos

  • Lao Disabled Peoples Association (LDPA);
  • Lao Women with Disability Development Centre;
  • Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE);
  • the Department of Social Development and Welfare – Ministry of Social Development and Human Security;
  • Baan Fuengfah Home for Babies; and
  • Two CBR programs operating in the Bangkok.