DPI Supports the Disabled People of the Affected Areas
The 27th Japan National Assembly of Disabled People’s International (DPI, Chairperson, Satoru Misawa) started at the Jichi-Kaikan of Naha on 18th. It is the first assembly held in Okinawa. As part of the 2011 action policies, special subjects concerning the support for the affected areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake were discussed. It was approved that through the “Relief Headquarter for Persons with Disabilities of Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake” which DPI had taken the lead in launching, (1) to establish a support system through the Focal Relief Center for the Persons with Disabilities in the affected areas, (2) to secure evacuation centers for the people with severe disabilities who evacuate voluntarily due to the accident of nuclear plant, (3) to ensure participation in planning of the reconstruction program of the affected areas (4) to deliver petitions to the government in collaboration with other organizations.
At the assembly, some serious situations that has become apparent after the disaster have been reported. For example, there were considerable delay in confirming the safety of persons with disabilities who were cared primarily by their family members who did not have strong network within the community, the poorly-managed evacuation plan by the government that lacked consideration for the person with disabilities and the planned energy blackouts which could jeopardize the life of those with ventilator users.
It was also approved that the action policies of the 2011 include the activities for the establishment of the Disability Discrimination Act and the promotion of the establishment of comprehensive Welfare Law in order to ensure community support system .
The second day of the assembly will start at 9:30 at the same venue. The major event, National Assembly, and various committee meetings will be held until 4:30.
(Ryukyu-Shinpo, June 19, 2011)
Photo:Many people gathered to sit on in the meeting