Lao Disabled Women Development Center
The Lao Disabled Women Development Center (LDWDC) is a non-profit organization run by Lao women with disabilities for Lao women with disabilities. Founded in 1990 as a sewing group in the home of the Director, Madam Chanhpheng Sivila, disabled women were originally taught the skills of needlework and pattern making. In 2002 the Lao Women With Disabilities group became the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre. The main purpose is to assist people to cope with their disability and advocate for the rights of women with disabilities because too often people’s attitudes are a bigger challenge than the disability itself. LDWDC believes everyone has unique abilities because everyone is different. The center is served as a community for women with disabilities to supports each other, educate women about their civil rights and encourage women with disabilities to be independent by offering training in income generating activities and life skills in handicraft including weaving, sewing, paper making and recycled products.