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Between the 27th and 28th February 2017, Regional Director of the WFDRSA, Mr. Shimamoto particpated at the APDF General Assembly (GA) & Conference on behalf of the WFDRSA. The events took place in Bangkok, Thailand.

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(Picture above: Deaf and hearing interpreters working closely together to ensure access to information.)

The GA & Conference was held in conjunction with the mid-point evaluation on the Working Group of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons wtih Disabilities (APDPD), 2013-2022.

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(Photo above: Group photo taken with all the participants at APDF GA & Conference)

Later on the 1st and 2nd of March 2017, both the Regional Director and Deputy Director of the WFDRSA, Ms. Clarissa attended the UNESCAP 4th Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022 which was also held in Bangkok, Thailand. Many were discussed at the Session, special highlight on the presentation made by the representative of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) on their initiatives for pessengers with disabilities travelling by air.

Another highlight of these events -- it's the first time since the 20-year of establishment of the WFDRSA Office to have deaf and hearing interpreters within the Asian region to provide International Sign interpreting, which was a good start. Look forward to seeing more and more talented IS interpreters in Asia. The WFDRSA hopes to raise more awareness of the needs of the deaf people by participating in these events and to ensure the access to information.

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(Photo above: Mr. Shimamoto paying attention to the information at UNESCAP 4th WG)

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(Photo above: Two interpreters working together to voice what was signed.)