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 fourth part of our interview series, Mad in Asia Pacific speaks to Vincent (Chinese name Zung Yan Chen) from Hong Kong, Tien-Hsing from the Taiwan Gender Queer Rights Advocacy Alliance and Yuhei, Kirihara, and Yui from the Japan National Group of Mentally Disabled People. In the interviews, our speakers discuss 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.
Vincent (Zung Yan Chen), Taiwan
Tien-Hsing, Taiwan Gender Queer Rights Advocacy Alliance, Taiwan
Japan National Group of Mentally Disabled People