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Dilmurad Yusupov

This is a personal blog where I reflect on my research experiences with people with physical and sensory impairments and learning disabilities in Uzbekistan. I am interested in anthropology of disability, participatory methods, inclusion and social change.

Photo: Shukhrat Latipov / Gazeta.uz I learned about Anisa Shamsutdinova through her non-profit social-informational project “Downside Sport" which is known not only in Uzbekistan but in Central Asia and post-Soviet space in general. Her project supports parents raising children with Down syndrome in Uzbekistan and supports...

Photo: UNICEF Uzbekistan On 1 August 2020, American Councils for International Education in Uzbekistan hosted a webinar on “Inclusive education: How to combat ableism in Uzbekistan” dedicated to the 30th anniversary of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) which was celebrated on July 26, 2020. I was invited...

Illustration by Eldos Fazylbekov / “Gazeta.uz”  In September 2019 the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Diego García-Sayán visited Uzbekistan. The purpose of his visit was to evaluate the process of the justice system reform under the new leadership. While recognising...

My article is published in 'Spotlight on Uzbekistan' report edited by Adam Hug at The Foreign Policy Centre. In the piece, I examined the challenges that grassroots activists and self-initiative NGOs are still facing in Uzbekistan despite the strong political will of President Mirziyoyev to strengthen the role of civil society in the...

Exactly two years ago, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Culture Centre for the Deaf (the official name of the organisation is the Culture Centre of the Deaf-Mute) of the Society of the Deaf of Uzbekistan in Tashkent and instructed to improve the living conditions of...

Photo by Bakhodir Kurbanov Despite many promises made by the officials, music education for blind and visually impaired children remains paid. I wrote a short piece about this at a popular online media UzNews.uz to understand why the question still remains open. Last year, several articles were...

Photo: TEDxYouth@TKA I am sharing an interview published at "Another Day" Telegram channel: [caption id="attachment_15904" align="alignleft" width="500"] Source: TEDxYouth@TKA[/caption] When I first heard Bobobek Halilov speaking at TEDxYouth@TKA in a video, I thought I encountered a technical glitch, because I have never heard a person who learned lip...

Photo: Republican Center for Social Adaptation of Children The new Law 'On Education' in Uzbekistan is currently under review in the Senate of the Oliy Majlis. Does it comply with the principles of inclusive education? On May 19, the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) of...

Illustration: Eldos Fazylbekov / Gazeta.uz On 23 May Gazeta.uz conducted a poll titled 'Do we need orphanages?' among its readers in order to their attitudes towards orphanages and specialised institutions for children and those left without parental care. The results showed that most of the poll...

Illustration: Eldos Fazylbekov / “Gazeta.uz” On 28 April 2020 a draft presidential decree “On Measures to Further Improve the Education System for Disabled Children” and the Concept for the Development of Inclusive (Integrated) Education in Uzbekistan until 2030 were presented for public discussion. I did an...