Title: Persons with Disabilities and Roles of their Organizations in the Resilience on COVID 19 Pandemic
Stream: Education, Sustainability & Society: Social Justice, Development & Political Movements
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Arunee Limmanee, Thammasat University, Thailand
This qualitative study aimed to analyze disability-specific measures and the roles of Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) in supporting persons with disabilities (PWDs) and families. The subjects consisted of 42 members from 7 DPOs which were representatives of persons with 7 types of disabilities as categorized by the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Act. The data were collected by Focus Group Discussion with 42 members which were divided into 3 groups of 14. The data were analyzed by means of content analysis. The study revealed that supporting measures provided for people in general could not meet the needs of PWDs and that DPOs play important roles for their resilience to the Pandemic. For example, the Community Isolation Facility (CIF) is not accessible for persons with disabilities. Moreover, persons with certain types of disabilities need to stay with family members or caregivers but their families or caregivers are not allowed to stay at CIF if they not infected. To solve this problem, DPOs that represent persons with each type of disabilities, with cooperation of hospitals and their network organizations, set up CIF to support their own members. The services at CIF included free accommodation, foods and medical care. With the advocacy of DPOs, the government then launched disability-specific measures. DPOs monitor and evaluate the measures to ensure that the needs of PWDs and families are met. They also give suggestions to the government concerning the revision and implementation of disability-specific measures and policies related to the Pandemic.
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