Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, launched a nationwide campaign in respect to the fundamental rights of people with disabilities. The Thai Government campaign an opportunity to address the needs of people with disabilities, by focusing on promoting accessibility and removing all types of barriers in society.
Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability.
Barriers in Thailand take a variety of forms, including those relating to the physical environment or to information and communications technology (ICT), or those resulting from legislation or policy, or from societal attitudes or discrimination. The result is that persons with disabilities do not have equal access to society or services, including education, employment, health care, transportation, political participation or justice.
Evidence and experience shows that when barriers to their inclusion are removed and persons with disabilities are empowered to participate fully in societal life, their entire community benefits. Barriers faced by persons with disabilities are, therefore, a detriment to society as a whole, and accessibility is necessary to achieve progress and development for all.
Accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities are fundamental rights recognized by the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and are not only objectives, but also pre-requisites for the enjoyment of other rights. The CRPD (Article 9, accessibility) seeks to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life and development. It calls upon States Parties to take appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to all aspects of society, on an equal basis with others, as well as to identify and eliminate obstacles and barriers to accessibility.
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