BACKGROUND OF ORGANIZATION
Most people in Myanmar believe that disability is an individual health condition that can only be addressed by doctors and family members. The charity based model being to often the only alternative to Persons with Disability (PWDs). Living conditions and opportunities for PWDs were also weak and uneven long decades under the military government. There were a few Disabled People Organizations across the country. Nevertheless, they mainly target one specific type of disability each and their movements were also more focused on charity model.
Being aware of this situation, three Myanmar nationals with disabilities (Nay Lin Soe, Aung Ko Myint, May Khant Chit Khin), in together with Yu Ya Thu, Naw Beauty Bright and Nwaye Zar Chi Soe facilitated the establishment of Myanmar Independent Living Initiative (MILI), after completing their one-year DUSKIN Leadership Training in Japan (a program for persons with disabilities in Asia and the pacific Region). It was formed in Yangon on May 8th 2011 to initiate the independent living movement of persons with disabilities and promote the social and right-based model of disability with an emphasis on policy advocacy and awareness raising at all level.
To build an inclusive and right-based barrier free society where persons with disabilities can live independently with their full potential as other.
To achieve its goal MILI empower and support persons with disabilities for their independent living while advocating and promoting the inclusion and rights of persons with disabilities.
People with disabilities
(Priority to women, children and persons with severe disabilities)
- Persons with physical, visual and/or hearing impairment
- Persons with intellectual impairment
- Persons with Leprosy
- Persons with HIV/AIDS
- Persons with long-term disease
- Persons with epilepsy
- Poor elderly persons