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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.

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...

- Would you like to see handicapped people depicted as people? - Excuse me? I have finally watched this great documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) about Camp Jened - a summer camp for disabled teenagers in the state of New York established in 1951 which...

Illustration: Eldos Fazylbekov I wrote this article a year ago when it was published in Russian at Gazeta.uz on 7 January 2019. Unfortunately, I have not seen any response from the Uzbek government and relevant state agencies to provide support for deafblind people. During the pandemic...

Illustration by Eldos Fazylbekov / “Gazeta.uz” Can we talk about the social partnership between NGOs and the state in Uzbekistan? Does strict control impede the development of civic initiatives? Together with Oybek Isakov, chairperson of the Association of Disabled People's Organisations (an umbrella cross-disability organisation uniting...