The Asian Paralympic Council was established on 30 October 2002 in Busan, Republic of Korea, following a motion presented by NPC Malaysia at the 1999 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) General Assembly. It consisted originally of three sub-regions (East Asia, South Asia and South-East Asia), under the leadership of Dato Zainal Abu Zarin from Malaysia.
In 2004, in order to align with the structure followed by the International Olympic Committee, the IPC decided that the Central Asia and West Asia sub-regions would also fall under the Council’s responsibility.
In 2006, the Asian Paralympic Council became the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC), with a President now directly elected by the APC General Assembly.
As a result of intense brain storming sessions at the Membership Gathering with its member nations in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2015, the APC has devised a Strategic Plan with a renewed vision and a fresh set of goals until 2018.