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Physically different, but the basic need are all the same, please listen our voices

Last Tuesday I and Sai, Luther, and Nuu met together and had some mindful conversation. And we came to a conclusion that although we are physically different, we have common thing on the ground that everyone wants to be able to live independently and doesn’t necessarily require extra assistance all the time, just provide us some basic accessible infrastructure and facilities. Yep, what we want is not entirely different from others. But why we have to keep saying this again and again. Thanks

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“The disabled’s smashing of the BTS elevator” The Confession of the Incident.

I was invited to give a talk at an exhibition regarding accessibility. I wanted to tell everyone the truth about the incident on last year that why I smashed the BTS elevator. At first, this incident was aggressive and violent which everyone should avoid doing so. But since it already happened, we better find out the reasons. The Constitution of Thailand has stated clearly that “Human dignity, rights, liberties and equality of the people shall be protected. The Thai people, irrespective of their origins, sexes or religions, shall enjoy equal protection under this Constitution.” Well written. But in reality, PWDs …

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You and I, we are not different…

Days before, I had a plan to get into the city centre. The followings are the demonstration of what I could have done; 1. Brunch at home 2. Attempting to take three public transportations: ARL, MRT Blue Line, and BTS (free ride for Thai PWDs) 3. Having a talk over a cup of coffee at Starbucks, Gaysorn Village (I was offered a free drink) 4. Having a fine dining, a fabulous local steakhouse, at MBK Center (almost 1,000 Baht)

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It’s always good to have someone in help, but it’s always better to be the last and let us be able to rely on ourselves.

I came across a post from JS100 Radio that a blind gentleman was given a generous help by a security guard on the street. This is an inspiring and heart-touching story which should be encouraged. However, I would like to share another perspective as a person with disability (Note: I’m not a vision impairment person) The people with disabilities is given help by someone is always a beautiful moment. Thai people have a reputation of being kind, generous, and helpful. This is some of our positive nature that is acceptably well-known from visitors around the world. This scene of humanity …

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Our job is to speak loudly, and most importantly to ‘Speak the Truth’

Yesterday, we had a chance to show those international reporters both the MRT and BTS stations. I started our conversations with “I am concerned about Thailand’s big picture” and gave a scenario “Mr. Sam who is in a wheelchair and came to Thailand and faced several inconveniences due to the lack of facilities for disabled people. What impressions would he convey back home, about Thailand?” We started our journey from Su-wan-na-phum Thailand International Airport by taking the ARL, then the MRT and finished the journey at A-sok Train Station which is in Bangkok’s Central Business District.

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“Please help me!..” a calling for help from PWDs…

Please Help MeThis morning, I got a call soon after I woke up. It appeared to be a very hotline asking for help from Jeab, and her team. They were going to Phit-sa-nu-lok for trip by AirAsia airline. One of her team member was an powered wheelchair user. The airline didn’t allow bringing his battery, necessary forpowered wheelchair, on board. So I suggested her to call any other hotlines for help, as possible as they could find, at the very intense moment.

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PWDs dual class action suits filed, challenging the New York City subway system’s Illegal discrimination against wheelchair users and others

New York City subway there’re still 350 stations in-accessible left totally 80% stations are unusable by people who can’t traverse stairs. And 25 stations got the elevators but recently remain as ‘out of service’

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Spirit of Japan (The Accessible Trip – Japan ep2)

Japan was the first country I picked up from the list when I was started doing my oversea traveling. And yes my trip definitely not the same as yours. I do love to learn, the economic, cultural , social and people. The most important can’t be missed off is the basic accessible facilities to full fill the equality for everyone. Look back, it was my very messy, but it was a very fun trip too. 6 days in Japan, everyday traveling, I met all kinds of the people with disabilities. I tested for all transportation, what I saw everybody go …

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