Since at least 2002, the Indonesian government has been struggling with streaming the disabled, those at risk of dropping out of school and others with special needs into the education system. The issue has been given new importance by Surya Sahetapy, a telegenic celebrity who opened the Asian Games in 2018 and, deaf himself, has transformed himself into an advocate for inclusiveness, fighting extensively for the rights of the disabled, including pushing for the introduction of an Indonesian sign language for the deaf.

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