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Jakarta Post

Give equal opportunities to citizens with disabilities

  • Vivi Yulaswati
    Vivi Yulaswati

    Director of Poverty Reduction and Social Welfare at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas)

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 9, 2017   /  08:33 am
Give equal opportunities to citizens with disabilities The majority of Indonesians with a disability do not have access to basic aid to assist them to learn, work and participate.  (Shutterstock/File)

Improving people’s welfare is among President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s areas to focus on in his third year in office. The mark of a developed country is how well it takes care of its poor, sick and most vulnerable citizens. In Indonesia, much more can be done to support people with disabilities to work, learn and contribute to our diverse nation. 

There are at least 10 million people with disabilities in Indonesia, representing 4.3 percent of the population, based on the 2010 census. This is almost certainly an underestimate. Disability touches many lives: one in 10 households in Indonesia have a person with a disability.

People with disabilities in Indonesia have worse health, lower educational attainment, fewer economic opportunities and worse access to public services than people without disabilities. Addressing these challenges...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.