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Zero Project recognises pioneering accessibility work in Solo, Indonesia

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CBR-DTC's work on urban accessibility has been recognised as one of the 15 ‘Innovative Policies 2014’ at the Zero Conference on Accessibility in Vienna.

February 2014 – The Zero Conference on Accessibility names Solo City’s Transport, Information and Communication Standard as one of 15 ‘Innovative Policies 2014’. CBM partner, CBR-DTC presents this strategy for the removal of barriers to accessibility.

A legally-binding ‘standard’ in Solo City, Indonesia, which has ensured progress on removing the barriers to transport for persons with disabilities, as well as ensuring equal access to information and communication, was recognised as one of 15 ‘Innovative Policies 2014’ at a conference organised by Zero Project, held at the UN offices in Vienna, Austria.  
 
The Zero Project Conference on Accessibility: Innovative Policies and Practices for Persons with Disabilities, was attended by more than 400 experts on accessibility and disability from around the world, including parliamentarians, representatives of NGOs and foundations, academics, social entrepreneurs, disability rights activists and the business world.
 
Solo City’s Standard of Accessibility of Public Transportation, Information and Communication of 2006 was singled out for recognition by Zero Project because of its legal enforceability. 

Implementing the CRPD

All 15 of the innovative policies recognised were chosen because they “contain promising elements, have achieved identifiable improvements on the ground and point to a positive dynamic change that can be easily replicated in many countries around the world to advance the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)”.
 
The Zero Project researches innovative practices and policies worldwide that help to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. It also researches social indicators that measure the implementation of the CRPD and monitors progress of the convention across the world.
 
Launched by the Essl Foundation in 2010, the project is now run in partnership with the World Future Council and the European Foundation Centre. Its vision is a world without barriers, according to the principles and articles of the CRPD.

Accessible busses and public buildings

Indonesia has ratified the CRPD and has a country-wide standard for accessibility. However, each city takes responsibility for its own regulations and there have been difficulties at the level of implementation.
 
Thanks to its work with the local authorities in Solo, helping them implement regulations, CBM partner Community Based Rehabilitation Development and Training Centre (CBR-DTC) has ensured the Indonesian standard for accessibility works well in the city. This can be seen in particular on the busses and in public buildings, both of which are now more accessible to people with disabilities. 
 
Adrian Brahma Aditya, CBM International Inclusive Development Officer in Indonesia, said: “Being recognised by the Zero Project is high-level recognition, at international level, and it makes people feel proud. This recognition will be good for the spirit of the other programmes that we work with too.”

Next steps for Solo City

Sunarman Sukamto, Director of CBR-DTC, presented the Solo City experience at the Zero Project conference. He said he attended the conference to promote the work taking place in Solo City but also to exchange experiences and challenges with others implementing similar policies across the world.
 
He added that the following will now be considered for Solo:
  • Further speeding up and reinforcing the implementation of the standard.
  • The development and promotion of barriers-free tourism (Solo City has already been invited to participate in Destinations for All, a world summit organised by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), being held in Montréal, Canada, in October 2014.
  • Collaborations to develop assistive technology for people with disabilities. 
CBR-DTC is a new partner of CBM Indonesia. It formed the partnership in 2012, but has a long track record in community based rehabilitation (CBR),as well as disability and development in the country.
 
The bulk of partnership work to date has focused on advocacy around the issue of domestic violence against people with disabilities, particularly women and children, including some high-level advocacy work. This year, the partnership will also be focusing on work around accessible education.


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