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 third part of our interview series, Mad in Asia Pacific speaks to Ramisha Ijaz (Pakistan) and Chintha Munasinghe (Sri Lanka) and 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 psychosocial disabilities in their countries.

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

Find Part I here and Part II here:


Ramisha Ijaz, Sun Meri Awaaz, Pakistan

Chintha Munasinghe, Basic Needs, Sri Lanka