Greetings from President

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this is the President of KODDI (Korea’s Disabled people’s Development Institute), Lee Kyoung-Hae.

Firstly, I would like to thank you for visiting our official web site.

KODDI was founded as the succeeding organization of 88 Seoul Paralympics in 1989. Through multiple renaming processes (Korea Sports Association for the Disabled → Korea Welfare Promotion Association for the people with Disabilities → Korea Disabled people’s Development Institute), KODDI has had its new beginning as a specialized institution for disability policies in 2008.

KODDI has been responsible for the development of welfare for persons with disabilities in Korea through policy development and research, strengthening the foundation of independent living such as a job opportunity support, building universal design environment, supporting children with disabilities and persons with developmental disabilities, international cooperation, promoting raising awareness on disabilities, etc.

KODDI is now opening the next chapter. In accordance with the changes in the internal and external environment surrounding the policy of persons with disabilities, we plan to pre-emptively respond to major issues whilst strengthening current roles.

We will concentrate on the empowerment in approaching the tasks at hand such as the establishment of independent living support system based in the community, emergency care for persons with developmental disabilities, promotion of the Sixth Comprehensive Policy Plan for Persons with Disabilities, the enactment of Act on the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the preparation for the response on the ratification to the Optional Protocol of UN CRPD.

Through this, we plan to enhance the realization of welfare on persons with disabilities and to establish the foundation of an integrated society that connects persons with disabilities to persons without disabilities.

KODDI’s mission is to ‘make the world a better place where persons with disabilities can live happily by developing policies and supporting their independent living.’ Making persons with disabilities live a stable life independently in the community is the ultimate goal of disability policy. That is where KODDI’s existence stands as well.

Dear persons with disabilities and families, we promise to be an institution that looks into the needs of persons with disabilities on-site and create suggestions with policy authorities. We look forward to your strong support and encouragement.

Thank you very much.

President of KODDI, Lee Kyoung-hae