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  • Thailand News

    State Railway of Thailand’s renovation project for accessibility

    In a significant move towards inclusivity, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has embarked on a renovation project for 10 of its passenger carriages. The initiative is aimed at making the carriages more accessible for individuals with disabilities, according to Aekkarat Sriarayanpong, head of the SRT governor’s office. The carriages undergoing renovation are second-class vehicles put into service in 2012.…

  • Thailand News

    Wheel deal: Wheelchair activist challenges airline’s boarding ban

    A complaint has been lodged against an airline by an activist bound by a wheelchair, after the airline prohibited him from boarding, arguing that he did not have an escort. Kritsana Lalai, representing the Network for Transport Mobility for All, presented his complaint to Varawut Silpa-archa, the Minister for Social Development and Human Security. Reacting to the situation, the minister…

  • Thailand News

    Social security ministry launches measures for vulnerable groups

    The Social Development and Human Security Ministry has unveiled a series of measures aimed at enhancing the well-being of society’s most vulnerable groups. Spearheaded by Social Development and Human Security Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, these initiatives promise to usher in a new era of support for newborns, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. During a recent meeting, the ministry’s subcommittee…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand to merge ID and disability cards for streamlined support

    Varawut Silpa-archa, the Minister of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS), announced plans to merge identification (ID) and disability cards as part of an effort to streamline support for disabled individuals. The disability allowance includes those who are incarcerated. The minister’s declaration was in response to the story of Monthon Phetsang, a 48 year old disabled man who embarked on a…

  • Thailand News

    Thai man cycles 400 kilometres for justice after losing disability allowance

    A Thai man, paralysed in both legs, devised a plan to cycle more than 400 kilometres from the northern province of Sukhothai to Bangkok in pursuit of justice after his disability allowance was cut off. Despite his plea for assistance, authorities declined to aid him in his endeavour. A rescue team in the central province of Ang Thong accompanied the…

  • Thailand News

    Thai rock icons Cocktail to disband in 2025 after two decades

    Renowned Thai rock band Cocktail, acclaimed for hits such as Kneel, You Make Me Sad, You, Persevere, Not Second, and others, announced they will disband in 2025. After more than two decades of captivating audiences with their music, the band members have decided to part ways and pursue individual paths in life, marking the end of an era for their…

  • Thailand News

    Boom Mookatha pauses free meal campaign following exploitation

    Yutthaphum Kaewkhem, also known as Boom Mookatha, recently expressed disappointment over his social campaign, which offered free meals to pregnant women, disabled people, children, older, and rescuers at his hotpot restaurant. His goodwill, however, was exploited, leaving him deeply disheartened. Boom revealed that he allowed these groups to eat for free at his restaurant, Toey Katha, for the past three…

  • Thailand News

    Disabled man falls from wheelchair on uneven EEC project road, sparks outrage

    A disabled man selling lottery tickets was spotted tumbling from his wheelchair onto the road due to an uneven surface. The incident, captured on CCTV, sparked outrage on social media. The man was attempting to navigate the bumpy road in an area earmarked for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project, specifically designed to be accessible for disabled people. The incident…

  • Thailand News

    Two police officers hailed for assisting man in wheelchair in Nonthaburi

    Two police officers from Bang Bua Thong Police Station, Nonthaburi province, received recognition from senior officials for assisting a disabled man in a wheelchair to reach the BTS. TikTok users posted a video of two police officers from Bang Bua Thong Police Station, in the Nonthaburi province, pushing a disabled man in a wheelchair to take him to the Khlong…

  • Thailand News

    Disabled Thai woman crafts dolls for survival, selling from 15 to 120 baht

    A disabled woman, crafting dolls for a living to provide for her son and sick mother, reached out to the public to buy her produce. Abandoned by her husband for another woman, she now fights for her survival. Those wishing to assist can buy her crafts today. Siapai Paton, a resident of Namduan, Mueangbangklang, Sawankhalok, Sukhothai, was left disabled after…

  • Thailand News

    Thai disabilities fund unleashes hefty support for home repairs and rent

    The Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities Fund announced an expansion of financial support for house repairs and rent today, January 9, as declared by the Social Development and Human Security Minister, Varawut Silpa-archa. This revolutionary decision, inked during the fund’s pivotal meeting on December 27 last year, promises substantial relief for those navigating the challenges of disabilities. Varawut, the driving…

  • Thailand News

    Heartless thief in Pattaya targets disabled woman’s lifeline: Stolen electric handcycle sparks outrage

    A heartless thief left a disabled woman in Pattaya stranded after callously swiping her electric handcycle, her lifeline to mobility, on December 31 last year. The 20 year old victim, Alisa Umsin, now faces an uphill battle without her essential aid. The Thai woman with impairment to both her legs was left devastated when her electric handcycle, a vital hybrid…

  • Thailand News

    Disabled woman dies after being electrocuted while crossing road

    A disabled Thai woman died after being electrocuted when she touched a lamppost on Pathum-Sam Kok Road in Pathum Thani province near Bangkok. A Thai woman, Yupha Khantapao, reported the death of the victim, 46 year old Wilai Thepsaen, at Sam Kok Police Station. Yupha said she had a grocery shop on the road and witnessed the whole incident. She saw…

  • Thailand News

    Elderly woman reports to police after fatal hit-and-run of disabled man

    A 60 year old woman driving a Toyota Fortuner fatally hit a disabled man crossing the road. Shocked, she fled the scene before reporting to the local police station. The hit-and-run incident reportedly occurred in a dark area with tall grass obstructing visibility around 9.15pm yesterday. The hit-and-run incident took place in a school zone, marked with warning signs and…

  • Thailand News

    Design disability disaster: Thailand’s online critique on wheelchair walkway accessibility

    The online community in Thailand is buzzing with criticism, following the sharing of a photo depicting a poorly designed walkway for people with disabilities. The image shows a sign for a wheelchair-accessible route set in the middle of a narrow, uneven pavement, blocked by an electricity pole. Frustratingly, the location has not been named. Online users are urging local authorities…

  • Thailand News

    Bangkok encourages disabled citizens to join ‘Bangkok For All’ initiative

    Disabled people in Bangkok are being urged to sign up for the Bangkok For All initiative via the Line app, an effort by City Hall to streamline access to social benefits. The push was highlighted by Phanumas Sukamporn, an advisor to the Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt, at the Disabled Social Wellness Expo held at the Youth Centre. Bangkok For All…

  • Thailand News

    Disability debate over hearing-impaired food delivery rider

    A viral video of a woman criticising a hearing-impaired food delivery rider for leading her astray sparked public disability discrimination controversy, accumulating as many as 2.7 million views in Thailand. This incident, which occurred in June, has stirred debates on the appropriateness of allowing individuals with disabilities to handle such job roles, as well as sparked, calls for compassion and…

  • Thailand News

    Tears and bridges: TikTok tale of 20-year reunion reveals homeless friend’s tragic journey from loss to living under a bridge

    A TikTok user recently shared a heart-rending story of his reunion with a long-lost friend, after 20 years. The individual was left visibly shocked at the condition of his friend who is disabled, homeless, and forced to live under a bridge after losing his home to a train. The user, who goes by the account name @dyb0u0wv8t8l, captured the heart-breaking…

  • Thailand News

    Sons’ abandonment sparks plea for help from disabled Thai father

    A disabled Thai man and his wife have turned to government organisations for assistance following the abandonment by their sons. The wife expressed her inability to continue caring for her husband due to the demands of everyone’s work commitments. In Nonthaburi province, situated near Bangkok, a village security guard alerted the Bang Bua Thong Police officers to the plight of…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket lucky license plate auction raises 25 million for disabled road accident victims

    Funds raised from an online auction of “lucky” vehicle registration plates by the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) were generously donated to aid nine individuals left disabled by tragic road accidents. The auction that took place on July 22 accrued over 25 million baht in proceeds. The lucky number plates auctioned flaunted the Thai alphabet’s “KorJor” set against an exquisite…

  • Thailand News

    Bangkok councillor urges BMA to overhaul special needs education system

    In a recent development yesterday, Surajit Pongsingwittaya, a councillor for the Lat Krabang district of Bangkok, put forward a proposal for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) council to enhance the education system. The reservation emphasised the need for tailoring it to accommodate and support children who have special needs. Surajit, a representative from Pheu Thai Party for the said district,…

  • Thailand News

    Shattered dreams: Disabled man in Bangkok takes his own life

    A dismal image of life pressures came to light recently when a disabled man, feeling the weight of his predicament, tragically ended his life. The man, once a car mechanic able to fend for his wife, sadly viewed himself as a burden on her. Found beneath their rented house, his death underscores the stark realities of life pressures and hardship…

  • Thailand News

    Comeback craftsman: Skilled artisan nails triumphant return after amputation

    The heartwarming story of a skilled craftsman who suffered a severe leg injury in a life-threatening accident has emerged as he made a successful return to work after a two-year hiatus. The Thai man’s remarkable comeback has been made possible due to the unwavering support of his employer and the customers who have applauded the company’s compassionate approach. The touching…

  • Thailand News

    Newborn girl’s body found in Buriram rubbish heap

    A 60 year old man discovered the body of a newborn girl, estimated to be about two days old, abandoned on a rubbish heap in a bag in Thailand’s Buriram province. The disoriented man, who has a speech disability, protected the body from flies until authorities arrived to investigate and recover the infant. Yesterday, Pol. Lt. Col. Chaleow Phayakkul, an…

  • World News

    Deaf Taiwanese man saved from online love scam by alert bank and police

    Employees at a Taiwanese bank and police officers exhibited quick thinking and calm responses in helping a deaf man to escape a potentially disastrous internet love scam. According to reports, the incident took place at a Taipei Fubon Bank branch in Peitou, Taiwan. The 48 year old man approached the bank counter intending to apply for a significant loan. Due…

  • Thailand News

    Elderly woman dies in heatstroke after walking 2km barefoot

    An elderly woman, famously known for walking barefoot for two kilometres to ask for money for food, was found dead alongside a road in Udon Thani province yesterday. The 81 year old woman named Boon, who was discovered naked, is believed to have succumbed to the sweltering heat. At 9am, Ratpol Mora Rat, an investigator at Na Kha Police Station,…

  • Pattaya News

    Pattaya Zumba lovers raise 100,000 baht for disabled boy

    Zumba is a fun activity to stay in shape, but this week, Zumba lovers in Pattaya also used the activity to raise money for a good cause. The street food market The Smile Land Pattaya, located on Phettrakul Road in Bang Lamung District, hosted an event, ‘Zumba Charity Party,’ on Monday. The Muscle Factory Pattaya gym sponsored the event, Pattaya…

  • Pattaya News

    Chon Buri blaze kills disabled man and his dogs

    Another tragic fire broke out in Thailand this week, this time in the eastern Chon Buri province, in the main city district. The blaze hit three houses on Wednesday, killing a 52 year old man named Suriya Eimsawad, who was reportedly disabled. Suriya was not the only one to perish in the devastating fire. His two dogs also died as…

  • Phuket News

    Army helps repair houses of elderly and disabled in Phuket

    The Royal Thai Army has helped repair and renovate the homes of elderly and disabled people in Phuket’s Thalang district. Many elderly and disabled residents in the Mai Khao subdistrict have been hit hard after 2 years of Covid-19 restrictions, and can’t afford to renovate their houses. The subdistrict had received about 20,000 baht per house to support repairs for…

  • Thailand News

    Governor pledges to make Bangkok better for its most vulnerable

    Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt called for “cooperation” after he pledged to make the city better after chairing a task force meeting designed to help improve lives of the city’s most vulnerable. The 56 year old city chief met with several associations on how best to promote the rights and interests of those most vulnerable in the metropolis. Attendees included associations…

  • Travel

    Travelling in Thailand with a disability? A word of caution

    Thailand is not an easy place to visit if you have health issues or other physical disadvantages. While major hotels and tourist hotspots have services for people with disabilities, public transportation in rural areas is scarce and frequently difficult for wheelchair users. Accommodations and accessibility in Thailand for travellers with mobility inconveniences continue to fall well behind countries such as…

  • Thailand News

    Bangkok sidewalk project focused on use and safety for those with disabilities

    Bangkok officials are working on a project to make the sidewalks and pavement in the heart of the capital more functional and safer for those with disabilities as well as the elderly. The sidewalk design will incorporate ramps for wheelchair users as well as braille blocks, also known as tactile paving, for those with vision impairments. The project is focused…

  • Thailand News

    Thai senior and disabled citizens will receive 2,000 baht handouts

    While the government’s economic stimulus packages continue to roll out, there is also a concern for the disabled and senior citizens who are excluded from the criteria to get benefits from the government’s major aids at this stage. The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security plans to distribute 2,000 baht handouts to that demographic of the Thai population. According…

  • Thailand News

    Bangkok Airways offering up to a 20% discount to certain groups of Thais

    Bangkok Airways is offering 10 to 20% off its standard rates to certain groups of Thai citizens. The demographic groups are split into 5 categories: senior citizens who are 60 years old or over, undergraduates which include students and teachers, disabled persons, travel-related professionals and government officials. All groups will receive 20% discounts except government officials who will receive 10%.…

  • Events

    Phuket’s ‘Boat Splash’ welcomes everyone for some fun in the sun

    Disabled Sailing Thailand are organising Phuket’s first Boat Splash on October 21 off Phuket’s east coast. An on-water meet-up that’s open to everyone, Boat Splash will take place in the waters between Rang Yai Island off Phuket Boat Lagoon and Royal Phuket Marina, and Cape Yamu. What originally grew from an idea to offer people with disabilities a safe opportunity…

  • Central Thailand News

    Woman held on suspicion of murdering disabled father

    Police in the central province of Lopburi have apprehended a woman they suspect is responsible for murdering her disabled father. The arrest comes after the 63 year old man’s body was found by the side of the road, not far from his home. Officers believe his daughter had help from a friend and speculated that substance abuse may have led…

  • World News

    Air Asia announce new fees if you want to check-in at the airport counter

    The AirAsia Group has announced it will begin charging travellers a fee to check in at airport counters – you know, that bit in the terminal where it says “Check In’. Even better, their excuse for the new charge… in part to encourage customers to “minimise physical contact with staff during the coronavirus pandemic”. Malaysia’s AirAsia last month reported the biggest…