Momentum builds to create national disability watchdog in Indonesia | ABC News

The plight of more than 20 million Indonesians with disabilities could be improved within months, as momentum builds to create a new national watchdog.

Education, employment even access to buildings is notoriously poor throughout the country, despite its pledge to live up to standards set by the United Nations.

But President Joko Widodo’s main adviser has told the ABC, a national disability commission is on track to be delivered this year based partly on systems developed in Australia.

From Jakarta, Greg Jennett reports.

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