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SEJARAH

Kampus utama McGill University
Berdirinya Pusat Studi dan Layanan Difabel (PSLD) pada 2 Mei 2007 berawal dari pengalaman tiga orang dosen UIN Sunan Kalijaga yang sedang menempuh S2 Social Work di McGill University, Montreal, Kanada. Di universitas tempat mereka belajar, mereka menemukan apa yang hingga saat itu belum mereka jumpai di UIN Sunan Kalijaga: para difabel yang mendapatkan berbagai layanan dan fasilitas kuliah.

Waktu itu, UIN Sunan Kalijaga memiliki dan sudah meluluskan sejumlah tunanetra. Tetapi, sebagaimana umumnya perguruan tinggi di Indonesia, mereka yang kuliah di UIN Sunan Kalijaga tidak mendapatkan layanan dan fasilitas apa pun. Mahasiswa yang kuliah hanya mengandalkan dua hal: tekad pribadi dan kebaikan hati orang-orang di sekitarnya. Tidak ada layanan yang bersifat institusional dan struktural.

Sepulang dari Kanada, komunikasi segera dirajut dengan berbagai pihak. Menghubungi para mahasiswa difabel yang kuliah di UIN, berdiskusi dengan dengan kolega yang seminat, dan mendialogkan keinginan untuk membuka sebuah pusat studi kepada rektor UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Prof. Dr. H. M. Amin Abdullah. Dari komunikasi dengan berbagai pihak inilah ide untuk melahirkan Pusat Studi dan Layanan Difabel (PSLD) bergulir dan mewujud. Rektor menyambut baik ide ini, menerbitkan SK peresmian, dan memberi 'modal' berupa sekretariat di kantor rektorat lama.
Marion Steff
Pada masa-masa awal, dari tahun pertama hingga ketiga, tidak mudah bagi PSLD untuk segera berkembang. Berbagai keterbatasan dan tantangan menghambat perjalanan awal PSDL tetapi tidak membuat patah arang para pendirinya, khususnya Andayani yang terlibat langsung di lapangan.

Keterbatasan sumber daya manusia perlahan mulai terjawab dengan direkrutnya para relawan yang siap membantu PLD. Selain dari kalangan mahasiswa, hal yang sangat penting waktu itu adalah hadirnya Marion Steff, disability specialist yang dikirim oleh Academic without Border Canada (AWBC). Ia Ia berkontribusi dalam mendorong para relawan lokal untuk berpartisipasi membantu PLSD, dan secara aktif menyebarkan ide dan kegiatan PSLD lewat buletin bulanan yang ia pimpin selama setahun bekerja di PSLD [lihat di sini]. Marion juga memainkan peran penting untuk menghubungkan PSLD dengan berbagai pihak dan menyebarkan ide-ide inklusi di berbagai kalangan.[lihat di sini]

Tahun 2010, salah seorang pendiri yang tidak sempat mendampingi PSLD karena harus melanjutkan S3 di Kanada, Ro'fah pulang ke Indonesia dan segera melanjutkan tongkat kepemimpinan PSLD dari tangan Andayani.

Tahun 2011, PSLD juga merekrut tiga pengurus baru untuk menambah tenaganya, yaitu Arif Maftuhin (dosen Fakultas Dakwah yang sekarang menjadi Kepala PLD), Liana Aisyah (dosen Fak. Saintek yang sekarang melanjutkan studi ke New Zealand), dan Ruspitarani Pertiwi (dosen Fak. Dakwah). Sedangkan pada tahun 2012, tiga orang dosen menyusul bergabung, yaitu Siti Aminah dan Astri hanjarwati (keduanya dosen di Fakultas Dakwah) dan Jamil Suprihatiningrum (Saintek).

Dalam enam tahun pertama (2007-2013) perkembangannya, Pusat Studi dan Layanan Difabel kemudian berkembang memantapkan diri sebagai lembaga yang terus meningkatkan peran dan layanannya bagi para mahasiswa difabel di UIN Sunan Kalijaga. Secara terus menerus PSLD memainkan peran pentingnya baik di dalam maupun di luar kampus UIN.

Pada tanggal 19 Juli 2013, terkait dengan perubahanan susunan kelembagan di UIN Sunan Kalijaga, PSLD berubah menjadi Pusat Layanan Difabel (PLD) dan menjadi salah satu lembaga struktural di bawah Pusat Penelitian dan Pengabdian kepada Masyarakat (LP2M). (Last updated: 30/11/2014)

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The Establishment of the Center of Studies and Disability Services (PSLD) on May 2, 2007 originated from the experiences of three lecturers of UIN Sunan Kalijaga who have studied  their master degree at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. At the university where they studied, they found that McGill provided facilities and services for disabled student. They realized that UIN Sunan Kalijaga have graduated students with disability and did not give any facilities and services, like mostly university in Indonesia.  Students who study only rely on two things: personal determination and kindness of the people around him. No services are institutional and structural.

At that time, UIN Sunan Kalijaga had graduated several  of student with visual impairment. But, like mostly universities in Indonesia, those who studied at UIN Sunan Kalijaga didn’t get any services and facilities. Students who study only rely on two things: personal determination and kindness of the people around him. No services are institutional and structural.

After return from Canada, three lecturers had been communicating with students with disabilities who lectures at the university and discussed with the stakeholders. Then, they submitted proposal to establish the center of study and disability service.  The rector of UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Prof. Dr. H. M. Amin Abdullah welcomed this idea and issued a decree inauguration also gave the office. Finally, Center for Studies and Disability Services (PSLD) successfully existed.

 In early years, It was not easy to develop PSLD. There was many limitations and challenges inhibiting the initial trip PSDL. The founders never gave up, they worked harder in the field especially, Ms.  Andayani.

At first PSLD has limited human resources, but it can be overcome with recruits student volunteers who are ready to help PLD. The presence of Marion Steff, disability specialist sent by Academic without Border Canada (AWBC) was very helpful for PSLD. She contributed to encourage local volunteers to participate PLSD. She also disseminated ideas and activities PSLD through the monthly newsletter. She has led for a year of work in PSLD. Marion also played an important role to connect PSLD with various parties and spread the ideas of inclusion in various circles.

In 2010, Andayani, one of the founders could not accompany PSLD, because she must pursue her doctoral degree in Canada. Ro'fah returned to Indonesia and immediately continue leadership from Andayani in PSLD.

In 2011, PSLD also recruited three staffs, there are Arif Maftuhin (lecturer at the Faculty of Dakwah who is now the director of the PLD), Liana Ayesha (lecturer at Science and Technology Faculty who is now continue her study in New Zealand), and Ruspitarani Pertiwi (lecturer of Dakwah and Communication Faculty). While in 2012, three lecturers were following, namely Siti Aminah and Astri hanjarwati (both of them are lecturers at the Faculty of Dakwah) and Jamil Suprihatiningrum (Lecturer of Science and Technology University).

In the 2007-2013 academic year,  The Centre for Studies and Disability Services has grown in size and scope to enhance the role and services for students with disabilities at UIN Sunan Kalijaga.
On July 19, 2013, due to institutional changing at UIN Sunan Kalijaga, PSLD changed name to Disability Services Center (PLD) and became one of the structural organization under the Center of Research and Community Service (LP2M).

Over the ensuing years, PLD has helped over hundred students with disabilities earn college degrees  and has made UIN Sunan Kalijaga as the first model inclusive university  in Indonesia.

Thank you for experiencing our past, do the best at present and we look forward to sharing the future.
 (Last updated: 19/10/2016)