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Post-INTAR RoundTable on Article 19:

 Right to live independently and be included in communities

 29th November, Lavasa, Maharashtra, India


Organized by TCI Asia, and supported by Bapu Trust, IDA, INTAR, NALSAR, CBM-A, DFAT, FGHR and Mariwala Health Initiative


About TCI Asia

TCI Asia (Transforming communities for Inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities, Asia) is an Asian Alliance of people with psychosocial disabilities, and cross-disability supporters, focussing on Article 19 and its realization in the Asian region.  Since 2012, TCI Asia has made several country visits,  annual plenary consultations, strategy development workshops, and has engaged upto 15 member countries, to enhance the pedagogy and practice of Article 19 (Right to live independently and be included in communities).


Background to the RoundTable:

 Most countries worldwide have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Policy is being informed by the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Together they provide a human rights based international jurisprudence for Disability Inclusive Development making a concerted transition towards creating more community based services and support systems, favouring choice, consent and community inclusion of persons with disabilities. This is much necessary for persons with psychosocial disabilities, who continue to face very high level of exclusion, discrimination and human rights violations.


International jurisprudence and policy frames

The World Report on Disability by the WHO and World Bank (2011)[1]  served as a landmark in enabling a transition from institution based mental health care to Disability Inclusive Development. Other than Concluding Observations, the CRPD Monitoring Committee has in the past brought out several important guidance documents, such as General Comment 1 on Article 12 (Right to equal recognition before the law). Further impetus on linking mental health and psychosocial disability to community development, has come from the "Thematic Study on Article 19" (Right to live independently and be included in communities), of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human rights  [A/HRC/28/37,  December, 2014]. This year, the CRPD Committee was in attendance at the Day of General Discussion on Article 19 towards a General Comment on Article 19. [2] Recently, the UN DESA set out a Background paper on "Promoting the rights of persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities". The OHCHR adopted a Resolution on rights of persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities [HRC 32]. The WHO has initiated efforts within and in partnership with collaborating agencies to come out with good practice reports, promoting explicitly a de-institutionalization process and community based mental health work having outcome of mainstreaming, leading to a number of synergizing efforts worldwide (Washington, Leicester, Trieste). At the national level, in India, there have been several efforts to accelerate this shift in policy and practice by holding roundtables, consultations, and think tank meetings (Kolkata, Chennai). A number of international grant and support agencies such as IDA, DFAT, CBR, CBM-A and others have been closely involved and  issued strategy statements on community based inclusion, especially of persons with psychosocial disabilities. Global DPOs of persons with psycho-social disabilities have made emphatic calls for closing the coercive and colonial practices widely adopted in the western world , the commonwealth, and among high income Asian countries. There is hope again for communities to be infused with values of inclusion, not in the Global South but also the Global North.


Together with a number of support agencies, we are very excited to share with you that INTAR India 2016 (Annexures 1, 2), which you may be aware of, is in tune with and continues the global efforts on interpreting and realizing Article 19. Several important individuals and organizations will be represented at INTAR, including, UN CRPD committee members and other UN officers, the WHO Global Mental Health professionals, INTAR professionals, academic institutions such as NALSAR, CBM, CBM-A, WNUSP, IDA and TCI Asia.  For the first time, and not surprisingly, each and every high profile stakeholder within the disability and allied development sectors are coming together to strengthen efforts on realizing Article 19. Find the latest news about INTAR, at


Themes covered at INTAR, in brief:

 UNCRPD – Marginalization and Inter-sectionality- Arts and Body Therapies - Supporting through Dialogues – Systemic Family Constellations -  Peer Support – Community mental health - Critical psychiatry - Supporting through Crisis - Cultural  formulations - Lived realities through arts, performances and stories


Yet another milestone to cross ... towards realizing Article 19

Having close access to a most colourful rainbow of global, regional and national stakeholders, we in TCI Asia could not pass up the opportunity of having a RoundTable on Article 19.


One Day Round Table on Article 19, on the 29th November, 2016, at Lavasa

 Timing: 9 AM - 5 PM

 The objectives of 29th November, is to imbibe the gains so far; and to think through challenges; in realizing  Article19, and in establishing community mental health and inclusion services, what are the good practices that we can bring to showcase, and how to synergize and build consensus on mainstreaming of the most marginalized community within the mental health and disabilities sector. We hope this will also be an occasion when many important people worldwide who have met in multiple forums in the last couple of years for mining innovations will be together yet again, to dialogue further and break new barriers with respect to the community inclusion of persons with psycho-social disabilities.


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