Stories

Cucu Saidah’s work as a disability advocate and inclusion advisor has taken her from her homeland Indonesia to Japan, the US, Australia and Norway. But, as a person with a disability who sees barriers to social and economic participation every day, she believes her work will never be complete.“My passion is accessibility and disability inclusion,...

Gerard Ybanez looks up from his work desk. He stops soldering microchips in his outdoor electronics repair shop at his parents’ sprawling house on the road from Madredejos. “I fix cellphones, TVs and sound equipment.  I love sound equipment – and I love music." Gerard is 28 and twelve years ago he joined a home-based rehabilitation program...

What does 26,500 hours of donated time look like?The answer can be seen in the ongoing success of CBM Australia’s work – as that is the number of hours generously donated to the organisation by volunteers between January and December 2019.“In monetary terms, the hard work and dedication of our volunteers save CBM Australia an...

Ibu Mariti looks lovingly at her son, something she wasn’t able to do when she had cataracts.Ibu Mariti lives in East Java with her two sons, one of whom is still in school. She is a masseur and is very well respected in her community as a healer, especially for babies and small children.When we...

Advocating to governments to improve their policies and programs so they are more disability inclusive, CBM Australia works hard to ensure that wherever people living with disabilities are, they are not left behind. Erly, CBM programme manager in the Philippines, highlights the precarious position of people living with disabilities during the pandemic, and the critical...

When we arrived at this school in East Java there was much excitement as we interrupted the routine of the school day. Approaching the classrooms, kids’ faces peered through windows, ignoring their teachers’ requests to pay attention. We were soon welcomed by the school’s principal and encouraged to enjoy a generous morning tea before meeting...

In light of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, CBM Australia’s projects have temporarily changed focus to provide immediate assistance to those in need. In the Philippines, a community project initially designed to prepare persons with disabilities and their communities for natural disasters such as typhoons has now adapted to prepare for new and ongoing challenges. Prior...

During global pandemics such as the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and now the COVID-19 crisis, people living with disabilities can experience reduced agency and independence with changes in routines and support.“I am a person with disability. I am independent and I like socialising. But the situation now is challenging. Public transport, including the ride-hailing...