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International seminar of 80th Anniversary of the Education of the Blind in Thailand: Opening the Ceiling of Expectations for Sustainable Development of Quality of Life

International seminar of 80th Anniversary of the Education of the Blind in Thailand: Opening the Ceiling of Expectations for Sustainable Development of Quality of Life

Thipyaporn Khempila writes,

 

On May 10-12, 2019, the Thailand Association of the Blind (TAB) collaborating with the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand under the Royal Ppatronage of H.M. the Queen and other organizational networks organized the International seminar of 80th Anniversary of the Education of the Blind in Thailand under the theme “Opening the Ceiling of Expectations for Sustainable Development of Quality of Life at Ambassador Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Khan Prachuabmor, president of the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand, offered welcome speech to guest speaker, representatives and participants in the opening ceremony and MrTorpong Selanon, president of Thailand Association of the Blind, was the speaker of objective’s report of the seminar. The Education Minister Dr.TeerakiatJareonsettasin was the president for the opening ceremony. This international seminar was created for presenting and brainstorming ideas of approaches of the educational management for the blind in Thailand and sharing educational management’s experience from other international guest speakers as Dr. Fredric K. Schroeder, President of the World Blind Union, Dr. Frances Gentle, President of the ICEVI, Mr. Ichiro Miyazawa, Programme Specialist, Education, UNESCO Bangkok, Dr. Sharifah Mariam Aljunied, Principal Educational Psychologist, Psychological Services Branch, Education Programmes Division, Ministry of Education, Singapore, Mr. Chan-Yau Chong, President of the Hong Kong Blind Union, Dr. Yasuko Futaba, Research Associate, Center for Barrier-free Education, The University of Tokyo, Japan, Ms. DinhViet Anh, Vice President of Vietnam Blind Association, Mr. Wong Yoon Loong, Manager Centre for Advocacy, Research and Empowerment for the Blind National Council for the Blind Malaysia. They shared and discussed with divert topic of education for the blind as“Raising the Bar, Closing the Gap, Ways Towards Quality Education”, “Towards Inclusive Education with High Expectation”, “Accessibility to Quality Inclusive Education”, and “Educational Provision for the Blind in ASEAN Countries”.

Furthermore, the Education minister shared and presented about the future education policy for blind childrenDr, Monthian Bunton, blind member of the National LegislativeCouncil, also spoke on the topic of “Opening the Celling of Expectation on the Sustainable Development”. Other Thai guest speakers were invited to shared their own experience involving educational management of the school for the blind and their life experience based on their career with participants from the organizations of the blind all over the country.

 

“More Than Eyes Can See”; Exhibition for Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand

 

the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand under the Royal Ppatronage of H.M. the Queeorganized the exhibition “More Than Eyes Can See. This exhibition was created to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand which has encouraged the education of the blind and the development of quality of life for Thai blind people.

The exhibition was provided to be 4 sections as follows;

1.) Photos by the Blind

Cooperating with the Facebook Page “Photos by the Blind”, This section presented photos taken by the blind. All photos were requested to send by blind  persons who were interested in this project with taking photos by their own camera phone or other types of camera. There was a variety of photos such as scenery of nature, places or monument of Miss Genevieve Caulfield, mother of the education of the blind in Thailand etc. additionally, the visitors can experience to be a model who blind people made photo shooting in this section.

2.) Braille for the Blind

This section was presented to demonstrate the process of braille production and the production of tactile materials for blind students. The visitors can observe or try to use braille writing tools (slate and stylus) to write braille code.

3.) Technologies for the Blind

The visitors can experience mobile applications that blind people use in their daily life for examples LINE, Facebook, food ordering, taxi booking and TAB2Read app (app for listening audio books). the visitors also had a chance to try to read books for the blind through the mobile app “Read for the Blind” as well. Moreover, there were innovative technologies that can raise the higher level of quality of life for the blind such as demonstration of screen reader program for using computer of the blind and other utilities in daily life (braille watch, talking watche, tool of water level measuring, etc.)

4.) Products by the Blind

This section was shown products that were made by the blind and also sold these products for building income of the blind.

This exhibition was opened for visitors from 24 May to 2 June 2019 at the National Bank of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand. And it also had a good feedback from general publics and persons interested.