- To expand and strengthen member organizations in coverage of Asia
- To coordinate with International Networks
- To exchange of knowledge and mutual support of the member organizations and International networks mainly to develop personnel and give support for initiation of laws, policies, guidelines plans or good case-studies for generating jobs and promoting employments for Persons with disabilities.
Believe in potential, worth, rights and human dignity of Persons with Disabilities. Mutual support of one and another on an equal basis for creating employments, will lead to independent living with happiness.
Being a leading organization building cooperation among member organizations and International networks for developing potential of member organizations in generating jobs and promoting decent work for Persons with disabilities in Asia.
“Study and Research”
Board & Secretariat
Katsunori Fujii is the Executive Director of the KYOSAREN, Japan Association of Community Workshops for People with Disabilities.
He started his career in the disability field as a teacher at a special school for children with physical disabilities run by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. From the mid- 1970s, he participated in the establishment of sheltered workshops for people with severe disabilities and took a key role to set up a network of such sheltered workshops in 1977, which later became KYOSAREN, and today there are around 2,000 member organizations nationwide. He also opened a first sheltered workshop for people with psychiatric disabilities in Japan in 1970s.
He was appointed as the Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Japan Disability Forum which was established in 2004 as a network of major disability organizations of Japan. JDF is working as a counterpart of the Government in the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities, and in creating disability related policies.
He was honoured as one of ten Asia-Pacific Champions of Disability Rights for the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons 2013-2022 by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities, Hong Kong, ChinaDeborah Wan, a registered social worker of Hong Kong, has been working as the CEO of New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association from 1981 to 2009. Ever since retirement in 2009, I have been actively doing volunteer work in the rehabilitation and mental health fields.
I am currently the Immediate Past President of the World Federation for Mental Health, the Chair of the Subcommittee of Employment of Rehabilitation Advisory Committee of Hong Kong. As the Vice Chairperson of the Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities, I represent Hong Kong at Workability Asia, serving as the Vice President from June 2012 and as a Director of Workability International from October 2012.
Mr. Patrick Ying-Ping YEH, President of Eden Social Welfare Foundation【Taiwan】. Mr. Patrick Ying-Ping YEH from Eden Social Welfare Foundation in Taiwan has been volunteering as the member in the Board of Director for the past ten years. As an Executive Director, he is mainly in charge of the gospel and welfare also international affairs, distributing resources from abroad to around 80 service centers of EDEN within Taiwan. Besides being in charge of brother organization and overseas branch office affairs, he has connected outside resources to Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia, also our Vietnam Service Center in Ho Chi Minh City, China Sichuan service centers – set up for the 512 earthquake victims – which have now been transferred from rehabilitation service centers to a social enterprise. Mr. YEH is glad to share the EDEN Taiwan local experience with international participants, as well as to bring back precious feedback all the times.
Suporntum holds Master of Arts (Political Economy) Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Master of Social Welfare (Management of Social Welfare Project) Huachiew Chalermprakiat University, Bangkok. Suporntum currently serves as Secretary General of the Redemptorist Foundation for People with Disabilities (RFPD), Pattaya Thailand in order to make the “Right Real” especially employment promotion. Suporntum has been leading for setting up a successful Vocational Training School and Job Placement Agency with almost 30 years of experience.
He is a member of Thai National Board for Empowerment of People with Disabilities chaired by the Prime Minister and various national and international bodies.
Dipesh Sutariya is the Co-Founder and CEO of Enable India, a non profit organization that works for the economic independence and dignity of persons with disability across India, since 1999. Dipesh Sutariya is transforming attitudes towards employment of the disabled and creating a new market in which the needs of the corporate sector are met by a growing group of disabled professionals who will dispel the myths and stereotypes about hiring persons with disability.
Dipesh holds a Masters degree in computer science, from U.S.A. With the mix of corporate and development experience of over 24+ years he has brought the professional balance to the sector of disability. He is a learner and a catalyst leader who can provide strategic direction to the development sector. He is also an Executive council and founding member of the DNA(Disability NGOs Alliance).
Dr.Shamim Ferdous, Executive Director has been working in Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation a non-government and non-political organization working for the children disabilities and disadvantage since 1987.She is also conducted research on Child Disabilities and Child Protection.
She attended in the conference in India, France, Australia, Philippine, USA, England, Korea, Singapore, Cambodia, Bangkok, Vietnam, Japan, Saudi-Arabia, Srilanka and also attended in the several National conferences. More than twelve articles have been published in International and National Scientific Journals. She also involved as a consultant of World Bank to train a group of Doctors to work in community to identify children with disability in Ethiopia in2006.
She is actively involved in Income Generating Program, Inclusive Employment and Child Protection. She is the member of workability Asia, workability-International, Asia Oceania Child Neurology, South Asian Violence against Children, Bangladesh Society for Child Neurology, Development and Disability, Bangladesh Pediatric Association and Child Rights Governance Assembly.
- Exec.Vice Pres./ Chief Operations Officer – Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (TWH)
- Board Auditor – WAsia
- President – WOW Leap (Women with Disabilities Leap to Social and Economic Progress
Joy is an active advocate for persons with disability in the Philippines. In her quest for change she organizes advocacy and lobbying activities, attended consultations and policy change/formulation promoting rights-based society. Together with NCDA, she organizes group discussion and capacity building from the grassroots level.
As a strong advocate for women with disability she also joined consultations, talk about different concerns e.g. violence against women, sexual and reproductive health issues i.e. “the right to have a family”.
TWH is proud to be a member of WAsia, Joy believes that this cooperation would strengthen and sustain the enterprising capacity of the center and for the whole populace to understand that work and employment will alleviate poverty in this country.
Hiroshi Ueno is the Advisor on International Affairs of KYOSAREN (Japan Association of Community Workshops for People with Disabilities, Japan. He started the career in disability employment in 1989 in the Tokyo Colony which runs several sheltered workshops for people with disabilities in Tokyo. In 1994 he participated to the opening of the Bottles Recycling Center in Tokyo, which is a sheltered workshop for people with intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disabilities run by the KYOSAREN. He had served there 14 years as the Director of Administration.
Aside from the employment he has had long time experiences in international affairs related to the disability. He had worked almost 20 years for the Training Course for the Leaders of Persons with Disabilities run by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as its Committee Member and the Chair. He joined the Workability Asia in 2009 serving as the Secretary General.