Disability Empowerment Skills Exchange Laos

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Disability Empowerment Skills Exchange Laos

As part of Scope Global’s partnership with ABC International Development, please see below the release on the Disability Empowerment Skills Exchange (DESE) program in Laos. This is the first in a series of stories to be released about DESE in Laos and is focussed on the DESE team members.

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Four Australian women who believe passionately in the power of inclusion and opportunity for people with a disability have had the chance to prove its value across cultures. It was hot and hard – and wheelchair inaccessible - but it was worth it.


In this Australia Plus photo feature, we meet the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Disability Empowerment Skills Exchange Laos team. We hear from Paralympian Shelley Chaplin, who had a month to get the Laos Wheelchair Basketball team firing and ready for international competition, as well as Team Leader Chris Kerr, Project Development Officer Leone Crayden and Communications and Advocacy Development Officer Nikki Harte as they use their skills to enhance the participation of people with disabilities as contributors, leaders and decision makers in Vientiane by working with the Laos Disabled People’s Association (LDPA) and the Laos Disabled Women’s Development Centre (LDWDC). This is the first piece in a series about the Laos Disability Empowerment Skills Exchange.


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Facebook: The Aussie volunteers fighting for disability-inclusive development – even if it means tying yourself to a tuk tuk!


Twitter: The tough #Aussie #women driving #development through #disability. #DESE #AusVols4Dev @DFAT



Getting around in Laos can be a challenge for people with a disability, but this group of Aussie women are determined to improve conditions for locals.