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Advancing Inclusivity: Thailand’s Vision for a Digital Future

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Inclusivity is a pivotal consideration in the rapidly evolving landscape of digital transactions and technology. It extends beyond facilitating seamless connections and transactions for all individuals, encompassing a broader scope emphasising the inclusion and accommodation of people with disabilities. As digital platforms become increasingly integrated into daily life, it becomes imperative to ensure that these advancements are accessible and beneficial to individuals of all abilities.

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Thailand has recognised the importance of inclusivity in its digital transformation efforts. The government has taken proactive steps to ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind in the digital age. Initiatives such as the creation of digital applications for disabilities mark a government commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities to participate fully in the digital economy.

Mr Teerawut Thongphak, Deputy Secretary-General of the National Digital Economy and Society Committee, has chaired a public relations seminar on using digital applications for people with disabilities. This event was part of a broader project to survey data on media and information literacy among disabled individuals in Thailand. More than 200 participants from various associations, government agencies, and related organisations attended the event.

During the occasion, Mr Teerawut highlighted the government’s commitment to leveraging digital technology to support national development. The government prioritises developing a robust digital infrastructure to reduce social inequality and create equal opportunities for all citizens. This includes ensuring that people with disabilities have access to and can effectively use digital technology to improve their quality of life and contribute to a more knowledgeable and empowered society.

“The government recognises the transformative potential of technology in supporting national development,” stated Mr Teerawut. “We are committed to driving this development through various tools and mechanisms, including projects that benefit all groups of people, especially the disabled and underprivileged. Our goal is to equip them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities to enhance their quality of life and reduce inequality in access to information technology.”

Moreover, this occasion featured educational lectures, focus group activities, and trials of new applications designed specifically for people with disabilities. These applications cater to seven types of disabilities: visual, hearing, mobility, learning, mental, intellectual, and autism. These applications are part of the D4D APP PORTAL, an application centre for people with disabilities. Other applications available through the portal include:

  • “InfoPage for All” provides information on support centres for people with disabilities.
  • “My Mood for All,” a mental health assessment system.
  • “eCard Practice for All,” a vocabulary learning system in three languages.
  • “e-Learning for All” is a system offering training courses and vocational training for people with disabilities.

Additionally, in a report by OpenGov Asia, Thailand has taken steps to educate and encourage children with disabilities in data science skills. KidBright, a coding learning tool developed by NECTEC-NSTDA, has emerged as a great innovation. As an open-source embedded programming platform, KidBright enables children to learn coding through its embedded board and KidBright Integrated Development Environment programme (KidBright IDE). The platform’s accessibility and user-friendly interface empower young learners to delve into coding seamlessly.

Thailand’s efforts to create inclusivity for people with disabilities can positively impact the country’s sustainability. By providing equal access and opportunities for all individuals, including people with disabilities, Thailand can ensure that the potential of all its citizens is tapped into and utilised optimally. This not only improves the quality of life for people with disabilities but also enhances the productivity and well-being of society as a whole.

With special applications and programmes for people with disabilities, Thailand is also opening up new opportunities for economic empowerment. With easier access to digital services, people with disabilities can use technology to create new income and job opportunities, which can help reduce economic disparities and enhance overall economic growth.

Thailand’s steps towards creating inclusivity can also serve as an example for other countries. By demonstrating that inclusivity can be achieved through concrete actions, Thailand can inspire other countries to enhance their efforts in creating a more inclusive and just society for all individuals.


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