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According to the World Health Organization, approximately one billion people (15% of the world population) in the world live with disabilities and 80% of them are living in developing countries.
At the time of drafting the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), we proposed a human right article for “Independent Living”, which was adopted as CRPD “Article 19: Living independently and being included in the community”. In line with the Independent Living concept, we support people with disabilities in developing countries to set up independent living centers in their countries. As of today, independent living centers in 14 countries have been established and are working to make better lives for people with disabilities. Article 19 which we supported will be changing the lives of people with disabilities in developing countries.

We are also promoting the national implementation of Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) with other NGOs beyond our sector.

We, as an organization for and by people with disabilities, would like to develop strong ties with foreign disabled peoples’ organizations and support activities for people with disabilities in other developing countries.

Our Activities - Support African Countries

Trainees from Zimbabwe experienced directly an accessible train.

Since 2002, DPI-Japan has provided training programs such as a movement to promote independent living, capacity development of leaders with disabilities, peer counseling and policies on disabilities, to people with disabilities in Africa every year. As of today, more than 140 Africans with disabilities and government officials have come to Japan. After returning to each country, they have been active in improving people with disabilities as leaders of disability movements.
In 2016, we started a 3-year project, to strengthen functions of independent living centers through transportation services and restrictions of houses in South Africa, financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Trainees from Zimbabwe experienced directly an accessible train.

Time table of a Peer counseling program       
Time table of a Peer counseling program      Lecture

Van with lift exported from Japan through the CIL project
Session with ex-trainees in South Africa    Van with lift exported from Japan

Policy Proposals on Disability

Sdgs Goals of SDGs related to persons with disabilities

Based on the voices of persons with disabilities, DPI-Japan formulates a series of policy proposals to the Ministerial Declaration on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities 2013-2022, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the Development Cooperation Charter of Japan has collaborated with other Japanese/International NGOs.

World Independent Living Network (WIN)

Group photo in front of the Capital Building

With the 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act in 2015 as a start, American and Japanese disabled peoples’ organizations promote vigorous exchanges. In 2017, we organized the Global Independent Living Summit and established the World Independent Living Network (WIN) in Washington D.C., in the United States of America.

Other Activities

We called for donations and provided assistance devices such as white canes and wheelchairs to people with disabilities in Leyte Island, an Island of the Philippines affected by natural disasters.

Visiting evacuation sites
Visiting evacuation sites          Provided wheelchairs to victims with disabilities


Tacloban city in Leyte Island, the Philippines after hit by Yolanda typhoon

Recent activities, related news

2017.09.27

Americans with Disabilities Act tour 2017

- From July 22nd to 29th 2017, the Japan Council of Independent Living organized a tour to directly experience the disability movement in the U.S. and meet front runners who have been working for the rights of persons with disabilities from all over the world. 89 people, including 40 youth members (under 40 years-old), joined the tour, called "American with Disability Act tour (ADA tour)"from Japan. Besides our participation, leaders with disabilities from over 20 countries got together in Washington D.C., U.S.A. Four staff members from DPI-Japan (Satoshi Sato, Keiichiro Tamaru, Seiichiro Shirai, Daisuke Kasayanagi) joined a tour and attended the Global Independent Living Summit and the Annual Conference of the National... read more
2014.08.08

Relief Activity for the People with Disabilities affected by Typhoon Yolanda – Provision of the Assistive Devices in Tacloban City-

- Based on the needs study, which was conducted in February in Tacloban City, Leyte, Mr. Abner Manlapaz, President of Manila Independent Living Center, had made the necessary assistive devices at the local wheelchair factory, and provide them to the affected persons with disabilities on June 28th. This support project is being conducted by DPI Japan in collaboration with the Yumekaze fund. Until the day the provision was made available, Mr. Abner had cooperated with the local organizations to make the activities sustainable in the area. As a result, the white canes were provided by the organization of persons with disabilities in the Philippine, Akapinoi foundation. The coordination with the recipients... read more
2014.07.09

Representatives of DPI member organiz ations in North-East Asia Sub-Region

- Between June 12, 2014 -June 15, 2014, Representatives of DPI member organizations in North-East Asia Sub-Region got together in Shizuoka, Japan. Participants from Korea, China, Mongolia and Japan reported the current situation, challenges of persons with disabilities in each country and future plan of each organization. At the end of the meeting, the Shizuoka Declaration was adopted and we reassured the union of persons with disabilities in Northeast Asia and decided to have a next meeting in China in 2016. Please refer to the Report. Picture1:Representatives of 4 countries gathered Picture2:Courtesy Vsit to Deputy Governor Shizuoka Declaration(WORD、PDF) Meeting Report(WORD、PDF)
2014.04.02

Study Visit for Relief Activity for Typhoon Yolanda-Affected People with Disabilities in the Philippines

- March 2014 Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013 and death toll has climbed nearly 8,000. To help people with disabilities in the affected area, DPI-Japan started to collect donation as well as collect information in collaboration with the Manila Independent Living Center for persons with disabilities, Life Haven Inc. To find a counterpart organization at site and recipients of assistive devices, DPI-Japan, between February 2 and 8, 2014, conducted a study visit in collaboration with Yumekaze Fund, which has contributed for relief activities for disaster-affected persons with disabilities. Study team including wheelchair users visited Tacloban city, Leyte which was damaged severely. As a result of the... read more

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