7th DPI World Assembly – My Participation Is Confirmed

My plane ticket and that of my personal assistant was delivered to me this afternoon. Looks like it is all systems go for my trip to attend the 7th Disabled People’ International World Assembly in Seoul, South Korea although the organisers have not responded to some of my queries. My hotel booking has not been confirmed yet. Likewise, there is no indication of airport transfer arrangements upon arrival. I will be following up with the organisers on this in the following days. This World Assembly will be held at KINTEX from September 5 – 8.

My plane ticket was sponsored by a benefactor who prefers to remain anonymous while that of my personal assistant will be paid for by the Disabled Peoples’ International World Assembly Korean Organising Committee and the Independent Living Global Summit. I was also informed that my registration fee and accommodation will be covered as well.

Additionally, Associate Professor Tang Hang Wu has generously sponsored my personal assistant’s registration fee and other expenses not covered by the organisers. This has saved me a lot of work looking for sponsors to fund my participation and allowed me to spend more time working on the manuscript and presentation. Thanks Prof.

The title of my presentation is “Independent Living Movement in Malaysia.” Apart from speaking at the World Assembly, I will be attending other meetings on the sidelines of the conference, namely the Asia Pacific Network on Independent Living Centres (APNIL) Meeting and the Independent Living Global Summit. I foresee that it will be a busy four days in Seoul. Hopefully, the food and hectic schedule will not be too taxing on my health.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

5 thoughts on “7th DPI World Assembly – My Participation Is Confirmed”

  1. Peter,
    I hope we will be able to see your presentation online. Look out for one of my colleagues- Richard Reiser from the UK!


    Still working on it. Deadline is August 24. 🙁 Richard Reiser… I will remember that name.

  2. While you are attending the DPI world assembly, I will be attending the ENIL (European Network of Independent Living) Freedom March to the european parliament in Strasbourg. (http://freedomdrive.blogspot.com/)

    What a coincidence! Lets keep tabs on each other and see the parallel developments!


    All the best. It is time we assert our rights in society.

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