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Visually impaired students in limbo following Wyata Guna's status change

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Bandung   /   Thu, January 16, 2020   /  03:42 pm
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Nowhere to go: Visually impaired students sleep on the sidewalk in front of the Wyata Guna Social Rehabilitation Center for the Blind on Jl. Pajajaran, Bandung, on Wednesday night. (JP/Arya Dipa)

Dozens of visually impaired students were forced to vacate their dormitory at the Wyata Guna Social Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (BRSPDSN) in Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday evening, leaving at least 30 of them homeless. The evictions followed a change of nomenclature for Wyata Guna – the oldest special education provider in Indonesia – from being a social house to becoming strictly a rehabilitation center. The status change was based on Social Affairs Ministerial Decree No. 18/2018 on technical operations of social rehabilitation. “We don’t take any issue with whether [the institution] will end up being a social house or a [rehabilitation] center, but what’s the solution [to our situation]? Don’t disabled people have a right to express their opinions?” said Elda Fahmi, one of the students driven out of Wyata Guna. Some of the stud...