National Diffability Organization is Launched in UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta

The activists of difability have stepped a big effort by their success in struggling to convince the government to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) into Law No. 8 of 2016, which is followed by the process of preparing the draft Government Regulation (RPP). This big step certainly also enlarges the opportunities that will create inclusive education in Higher Education. To strengthen the effort, numbers of universities that concern in the disability education such as UIN Sunan Kalijaga, UII, UIN Syarief Hidayatullah, IAIN Surakarta, University of Surabaya, University of Indonesia, University of Alicante Spain, supported by Directorate General of Higher Education is pioneering the establishment of National Difabel Organization in UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakartacampus. For that purpose, a National Conference entitled "Ensuring Access and Quality of Education for Disabled Students in Indonesia” was held to launch the INDOEDUC4ALLProgram, in UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta campus (14/12).

Former head of the Center for Difability Services (PLD) UIN Sunan Kalijaga, who is currently still active in developing the center, Rof'ah, Ph.D conveyed that the pioneering of national diffabel organization and the launch of INDOEDUC4ALL program on UIN Sunan Kalijagagives more spirit to improve educational system in Higher Education institutions to provide equal access to students with disabilities. This becomes an assetto the sustainability of disability organizations to oversee government policies, especially in education area.

She pointed out on the the role of disability organizations in translating or understanding the implementation of inclusive education starting from kindergarten,primary school,junior high school,senior high school, untilhigher education bydetailing technical aspects in the implementation of the points in the CRPD and the Disability Law.

"Starting from what to do, like what assisstive technology should be, then the importance of the unit of disability in all educational services, the availability of facilities and infrastructure becomes important keys to successful inclusion education," continued Ro'fah.

According to Rof'ah, in UIN Sunan Kalijaga, before the establishment of PLD students have been actively giving assistance to students with disabilities, since the campus has long been receiving disabled people to continue their study in this campus. With the establishment of PLD, this campus is able to do the best services for them. Moreover, with the support of the Directorate General of Higher Education and the University of Alicante, Spain, it is hoped that soon there will be a national difable organization that will oversee various formof PLDs in other campuses in Indonesia. University of Alicante, Spain provides its support through a program called INDOEDUC4ALL that will run for three years. Alicante University as the coordinator took six universities in Indonesia to become agents of the program. They are UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, University of Indonesia, University of Lambung Mangkurat, University of Surabaya, and IAIN Surakarta.

Luis Gomez de Membrillera Desantes as an InternationalOfficer of Alicante University explained that the program was formed to see the optimism of the progress shown by various universities in Indonesia, both in establishing service and commitment to the issue of disability. Through the program INDOEDUC4ALL according to him, can modernizeassisstive technology or technological aids for disabled students in every university.

"Aside from the effort to raise the awareness ofeducational access for disabled people whose condition is the same as in Alicante. In this forum, my INDOEDUC4ALL program is launching ", Luis declared.

In addition to introducing the program ofINDOEDUC4ALL, University of Alicante through the Director of DisabledStudent Services Unit, Pepi Parreno describes the work that has been done at this Spanish university. The works according to him are not different from what has also been done by the Center for Difable Services (PLD) in UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta. The center at Alicante University has been established since 17 years ago under the coordination of Vice Rector for Students and Manpower of Alicante University.

Difabel Center at University of Alicante organizes four social workers, one of whom is a sociologist, two psychologists and one sexologist from the external resources of the service unit. While from the internal unit, it has one person who is expert in the field assistive technology or technology aids for diffabel. The purpose of the escorted service unit is to ensure full participation of disabled students with the principle of equal opportunity and universal accessibility. The principle is the basis for every procurement of programs, as well as aspiration space and guide in carrying out awareness mission to Alicante campus community in understanding the diffability.

Arif Maftukhin, M.Si., chairman of PLD UIN Sunan Kalijaga explains that to achieve an inclusive campus is not only by establishing the service unit, but also ensuring that all the campus community from lecturers, students, and bureaucracy participated in promoting and encouraging the ease of facilities and services of disability in inclusive education. With the program of INDOEDUC4ALL and other 6 universities’ support, as well as the support of Directorate General of Higher Education which is represented by the Rector of Lambung Mangkurat University, it is hoped that access to further study for disabled people in Indonesia to the university is widely open.

Rector of Lambung Mangkurat University added that in the future, there will be more and more university which provide seats for the disabled as has been mandated in Law no. 8 of 2016. The world of work should also provide a portion for disabled graduates, with the portion that in every100 job formations, there should be 1 of them spared for disabled applicants. This policy applies forall government agencies, companies and private institutions. This rule has not been much known by people, so it needs to be socialized so that the Act is not required only for government agencies, but also should be implemented to all employment fields, by providing facilities facilities for the workforce with disabilities.

In this forum, PLD UIN Sunan Kalijaga provides inclusion grants for several volunteers who have given invaluable contribution, dedication, and commitment to disability services since the founding of PLD UIN Sunan Kalijaga until now. The awardees are: Kasman Ibnu (Volunteer before PLD and pioneered the establishment of PLD) Aslamah, and Ragil Ristiyanti.