We will be the one (that change our country)

Create an inclusive society in Asia 2019

  Last of March, we got such a wonderful opportunity to join works with Dr. Toshi, from Japan, in a project called “Create an inclusive society in Asia.” Grounded in his goodwill and intention, Dr. Toshi wishes to plant a seed of awareness and make a grand impact to the society for transformative changes in the whole region. The project is mutually a collaborative endeavor from Japan Taiwan, Vietnam, and Thailand with its members include both  non and with people with disabilities (PWDs).

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New Van… is it accessible to all?

I just recognized the new van which already operated in some routes. From my perspective as seen from the outside, it looked no different than the typical model. I didn’t see a wheelchair logo, hydraulic system, or a low-floor entrance like those new operating bus model. Dear Prime Minister and Minister of Transport, Thailand has had a law regarding the requirements of accessible facilities for more than 10 years, this includes in public transport as well. Moreover, the current government policy also regards universal design for all as part of their strategy. These accessible facilities are built for all, and …

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“Society changes when you dare to step forward.”

Days ago I posted on Facebook to ask for a volunteer for field work. This young man, very soon after, sent a message to do the job. He’s a pioneer follower and has been following since that #PriorityParking video about 5 years ago. He read my recent post and wasted no time to made a contact to me. “Reeve” used to have a serious accident affecting almost the whole of his body from the top to the bottom. If you take a notice you would realise that his movement isn’t normal, and his arm isn’t quite healthy. But if you …

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Financially Accessible

Accessibility is an increasingly growing concern, not just public transport but also in private properties, communal areas and just about every place. They need to be barrier-free, serving fully accessible for all. But when we use the term “accessible”, we usually mean PHYSICALLY accessible. You have a ramp, provide a lift, and offer priority parking with nice accessible toilet. The list goes on and on. However, in the very context of public transports, physically accessible only is merely enough. It also needs to be FINANCIALLY ACCESSIBLE!

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An equal rights to see things like all of you

It’s been so long that I quite convincing myself to get inside a places with difficult access, just because I feel quite annoyed by being helped. I just didn’t want to bother other people and be lifted like an object. So I always ended up giving a pass and just waited outside.

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Universal Design consulting for the Stock Exchange of Thailand

An incoming call from an unknown number striking my phone on the table nearby. “Hello, is that Mr. Saba?”, asked a caller. “Yes, it’s me. Whom am I speaking with?”, I responded back to an unknown number. “Well, I came across to watch your video about a stairlift. I think it’s really good and I’d like to ask more for your opinions…” The caller stated his want and unveiled that he’s a manager at the Stock Exchange of Thailand Building. The place was currently trying to upgrade accessible facilities and also looking for suitable stairlift options.

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Are we truly equal?

A few days back, I was doing a field survey at ground level under the MRT Tha-phra station. There, it was a major intersection with wide road and busy traffic. The crosswalk colour was obvious, but not every crossing connected with footpath ramp. Yet the worse is still to come as traffic system provided ‘Left turn on red’, and rarely one would stop for pedestrians to cross safely. This complex intersection was also right under the (elevated) train station so it looked a bit dim, especially at night. In addition, after the station completion, there was a brand-new skywalk, replacing …

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World is changing fast, ‘accessibility’ can be done very easily

The world is changing too fast. The pace of development is swiftly unprecedented. Thus, nobody can afford to remain behind, so does the PWDs. But the reality in Thailand tells a different story. With poor accessibility, PWDs are being let down to the bottom line. They’re not just falling behind, but they’re falling APART! If we don’t do something, consequently the gap between the fit and the unfit (ex. PWDs) might become not bigger, but actually unbridgeable. This is not a wish to live up to an ideal. It’s just an accessibility, not advanced technology or breakthrough innovation, which requires …

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Donation of 25 wheelchairs for the one who need.

In accordance with the collaborations from Lion Club of Bangkok Bualuang, JS100 Radio, and Accessibility Is Freedom, we announce the provision of 25 wheelchairs. For the one who need it, please go and complete the information at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeFszrB0JTbwI76bFgrtiHTS99B0tomyf6_IgPDaMLCU1dLrA/viewform Only complete information will be considered by the committees. The wheelchairs will be delivered by hand at Suan Mokkh (Mokkh Park), Bangkok on the 5th June 2019. Stay tuned for the agenda. Thanks to Khun Suphat, Lion Club of Bangkok Bualuang and JS100 Radio for your kindness.

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In case of fire, how could PWDs survived?

In case of emergency, natural disaster, or any unexpected hazardous circumstances, how could a person with disability survive in such scenario? A concern I have deeply kept it for so long, and sparked out again due to the recent serious fire on the building in Bangkok two days ago, three people died and many injured. It’s a question I myself could yet give a proper answer. It’s perhaps due to my ignorance, more information is needed to research. Though I knew that there are  numbers of people specifically working in this issue. Generally speaking, there remains plenty rooms for improvement …

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We are the ONE to transform the society “Ben, Cordial, and our new Aussie friend, Mal”

We’ve done an epic Facebook LIVE at Asoke intersection, a heart of Bangkok considered as a gateway to Thailand. Our special guests, Ben and Cordia, were experts in this field. Both are giving lecture at Thammasat University where Ben is an architect while Cordia is specializing in Service Design. During the end of the LIVE, an unexpected show-up of Mr. Mal, an Aussie gentleman, had provided a more candid feedback toward the topic.

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Welcome back home Boat!, a radiant Language Translation Team

The image had been taken during the beginning of October. Last year, Boat continued his degree in the UK for one year and now he’s recently graduated and headed back to Thailand. Some of you might already recognise our group of #TranslationForChange Teams. And Boat is one of them who has been active for almost two years, mainly translating from Thai to English. While he was in the UK, he remained so active in helping this. It’s another example that our world today is absolutely boundless, we can work from almost anywhere.

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A power to transform Thailand – Benjaphon Khidhathong

Last year teacher Ben sent me a message describing self-introduction. He is a special lecturer in Inclusive Design Innovation, in Design Business Technology Management (DBTM) course, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University. He invited me to give a special lecture to his students as a guest speaker which I was fabulously happy to do so, yes this is a sustainable way to solve many kinds of social problem is to create a new generation, transforming them to be a problem solver.

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Deep inside, everyone has their own potentials for a great contribution to society. Count yourself as ONE!

I hope the images could translate my gratitude toward these wonderful people who came to support us. Though their background was from the different field of professions, their common was the same: the media, active social activist, back-stage executive, photographer, translator, adviser, and an avid supporter. Any problems could be solved with our spirit of harmony. It is not an issue for a particular kind of person. But every one of us is in charge of it in some way. Let’s walk together!!  

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“The Smart City” through the eyes of Khon Khaen’s Vice Governor.

Since we had a chance to visit Khon Khan, we couldn’t miss but to meet with the city’s leader. After the official event completed, with the inclusive connection, we finally had an opportunity to meet with the city’s Vice Governor in person. The Khon Kaen’s “Smart City” masterplan is one of many projects in the National Economic and Social Development Plan. The city is going to be elected as the leading model for urban development in every dimension. This is great since making things right at first would reduce any costs of modification in the long-run. Although the time was …

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Life difficulties make people stronger

We all had heard a recent tragedy of strong earthquake hit around the Osaka metropolitan area in western Japan on today morning. Every time this kind of natural disaster incurred I have to make a comparison with our country. Although Japan has been suffering with constant natural disasters since ancient time, especially earthquake, the country remains one of the largest economies and most powerful nations in the world. The situation is somehow opposite to Thailand where the country is mostly free from massive natural disaster and fortunately possesses rich natural resources. However, the country in overall is still in the …

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