The winning photo of the Workability International Photo Competition 2016 – Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation, Bangladesh.
Photo by Syed Antu, free-lance photographer. Honorary service in BPF.
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The Directors of Workability Asia visited Hong Kong in 7 - 8 February 2017. Main purpose of the visit was to know about the progress of WI/WAsia Hong Kong Conference to be held in 12 - 14 June 2017 and hold the Board meeting during the stay.

The delegate visited the Kerry Hotel which would be a venue of the conference. The hotel is now taking their final approach to inaugurate in March. They checked the conference area and guest rooms as well focusing on the accessibility for persons with disabilities in particular. DSCN0892.JPG 

They also visited many sites such as camp, vocational rehabilitation center, café, restaurant and convenience store where providing work opportunity for persons with disabilities mostly run by WAsia members in Hong Kong. Many of them are being implemented by the government scheme of social enterprise which is one of the key topics of forthcoming conference.

Directors had a very good time with some of WAsia members in Hong Kong exchanging frank discussion on the conference and innovative activities to develop work and employment of persons with disabilities. Most of WAsia members in Hong Kong are working hard for the conference as members of Organizing Committee.


At the start of the Board meeting Mrs. Carrie Lam visited our room. She is the former Chief Secretary for Administration and now the candidate for the Chief Executive of Hong Kong. Coincidently she was in her meeting at the office of Hong Kong Council of Social Service. WAsia Chairperson Katsunori Fujii sought the support of Hong Kong Government to the WI/WAsia conference.

This was the first meeting welcoming new Directors from South Asia, Shamim Ferdous from Bangladesh and Dipesh Sutariya from India. We received detail updates of the conference by Deborah Wan, Chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the Conference. The Board also discussed about several agendas such as membership, financial.

The visit this time was very much fruitful thanks to excellent arrangement by the Hong Kong team and Directors extended their special thanks to Ms. Deborah Wan, Mr. Chuen Chin Kuo, Secretary General of Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities, Ms. Agatha Tang and Mr. Alan Lee of Joint Council for their great help.



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Workability Asia Newsletter Vol.27(Feb. 2017) - Newsletter

Inside this issue
 -From the Board
 -Hong Kong Conference
 -Golden girl
 -International day of Persons with Disabilities
 -40th KYOSAREN Campaign for Making the Right Real
 -Visibility of Employees with disabilities is increasing in corporate market of Pakistan
 -From the Secretariat

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Seasons Greetings - Events

Workability Asia wishes you, family and friends HAPPY HOLIDAYS and HEALTHY, JOYFUL and SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR!
We would like to extend millions of thanks for your great supports throughout 2016.
We look forward to seeing you all at WI/WAsia Conference to be held in Hong Kong in 12 - 14 June 2017.
Work hard together to enhance more rights of persons with disabilities to work in the region and worldwide!
Best wishes,

"Warm Welcome from Hong Kong" - Events

Welcome Message


Hong Kong is honoured to host 2017 Conference of Workability International and Workability Asia and my pleasure to invite all of you to participate this Conference which will be held from 12-14 June 2017 at Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong.

The chosen theme for the Conference is "Creating a Sustainable Ecosystem for Persons with Disabilities at Work" with the objectives of providing a sharing forum for exchanging international trend and good practice, sharing of strategies and new initiatives which will provide a positive eco-system enabling persons with disabilities to be engaged in meaningful work and employment.  The subthemes include Enabling Ecosystem to facilitate work potential and employment opportunities; Social innovation in enhancing the employability and Social impact of social enterprises.  The Conference is intended to invite all stakeholders to participate, the government representatives, the non-government organizations, the business partners who provide work and employment, the employees who are in open and supported employment, self-help groups or organizations, etc.

The Conference will have two day meetings and one day study visit and the meetings include plenary and parallel sessions and you are welcome to submit the abstracts for presentation at the Conference.

2017 Hong Kong Conference is also the annual conference of Workability Asia and Workability International and these 2 bodies have been engaged in networking the regions and the global on matters of common interests in promoting the employability of persons with disabilities.  I am pleased that I am the Vice-Chairperson of Workability Asia and the Director of Workability International and I have been able to network with many countries in Asia Region and also with other regions so I invite all of you to come to Hong Kong to share with us.

Hong Kong has a population of about 8 million, of which about 8% of them are persons with disabilities and the unemployment rate is currently 6%, however, the unemployment rate of non-disabled persons is 3% so we will continue to work towards higher employment rate by sharing with regional and international leaders in the coming 2017 Hong Kong Conference.

On behalf of the host organizations, the Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities and Hong Kong Council of Social Service, I extend my heartiest welcome to you to come to Hong Kong and send a delegation from your country to attend 2017 Hong Kong Conference of Workability International and Workability Asia. 

Deborah Wan
Chairperson of Organizing Committee
2017 Hong Kong Conference of Workability International and Workability Asia