Moving away from the biomedical and institutionalisation model, persons with psychosocial disabilities everywhere have demonstrated that there are better alternatives to inclusion of people with disabilities within their community. From creating spaces for alternate ways of recovery, using traditional methods of healing to stressing on compliance with Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at country level and building coalitions with other groups, persons with disabilities in Asia Pacific region are striving to make inclusion a reality within their contexts.

In this first part of our interview series, Mad in Asia Pacific speaks to activists Emmy Charissa (Singapore), Silvia Antonia De Costa Soares (Timor Leste) and Frank (China) on the specific situation in their countries for persons with psychosocial disabilities, the challenges they face and the different ways in which they are ensuring greater inclusion of people with psychsocial disabilities in their countries.

All the interviews were conducted at the TCI Asia Pacific Plenary in Bali, 2018.


Emmy Charissa, Disabled Young Adults Group, Singapore

Silvia Antonia De Costa Soares, Training and Inclusion Manager, East Timor

Frank, Program Officer, Xin Tu Community Health Promotion Centre, China