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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.

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...

Photo: Gazeta.uz Who should not be forgotten in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 in Uzbekistan? I wrote a short piece for Gazeta.uz on the protection of socially vulnerable people during the quarantine period. On March 15, the first cases of coronavirus were registered in Uzbekistan....

Yesterday, we were glad to know about the registration of the first human rights NGO in Uzbekistan since 2003 and the return of Mercy Corps to the country. And today I am reading about anger and frustration of charitable organisations on Facebook. Natalia Kondratova wrote...

Photograph: Tatyana Dovlatova A family of five deaf people is kicked out of their own house in Tashkent region wrote AsiaTerra yesterday on 8 March 2020. A resident of Zangiata district Tatyana Zhilkina, with a 2nd group of disability since childhood, who is being evicted from...

Illustration by Eldos Fazylbekov / “Gazeta.uz” (The multiple stamps in green "Otkazano" in Russian mean "Refused"). On 27 January together with Oybek Isakov the chairperson of the Association of Disabled People of Uzbekistan (un umbrella cross-disability organisation uniting 26 NGOs run for and by disabled people)...