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Indonesia makes rapid progress in disability arts: Activist

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Mon, July 29, 2019  /  08:34 am
Indonesia makes rapid progress in disability arts: Activist

British speaker, writer and activist Jo Verrent. (JP /Jessicha Valentina)

While there is still a stigma surrounding disability in Indonesia, the country appears to be making rapid progress in disability arts. “The speed of change in the country is actually very fast,” said British speaker, writer and activist Jo Verrent during an event at the British Council office in South Jakarta on July 19. Verrent is a senior producer of Unlimited Festival, the world’s largest commissions program for disabled artists. She visited Indonesia last week to test the possibility of implementing Sync Leadership, a program that combines leadership theories and the lived experience of disability, in the country. Verrent recalled her first visit to Indonesia four years ago when most people she encountered were pessimistic about the idea of becoming disabled artists in Indonesia. “Four years later, there are many [Indonesian] disabled artists who a...