Friday September 10, 2021 – Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities held the 13th National Seminar on Persons with Disabilities of 2021 on the topic: “Covid-19 towards Innovation Development for the Disabled”. On this occasion, Khon Kaen University and 86 related organizations signed MOU for developing the quality of life of people with disabilities. The event was organized online.
Asst. Prof. Tala Thammaroj, M.D., Vice President for Administration of Khon Kaen University represented the University in the signing of MOU.
The MOU for development of the quality of life of persons with disabilities is aimed at integrating and coordinating the collaboration among academic institutions, departments and organizations to set policies and strategies as well as to conduct research for improving the quality of life of the disabled. In addition, relevant organizations will be supported in various aspects such as provision of multidisciplinary bodies of knowledge, promotion of research work, innovations, inventions and appropriate technologies under the universal design concept so that the disabled will live normally and in parallel with others in the society. The institutions will act as the study source for practical purposes among undergraduate and graduate students in the relevant fields.
Asst. Prof. Tala Thammaroj, M.D., Vice President for Administration of Khon Kaen University explained that caring the disabled is the direct mission of Khon Kaen University, in the 3rd Strategy, Sub-strategy 2 on Social Caring and Service. In addition, KKU at present has incorporated the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal as a framework of the administration. This framework comprises two SDGs that are related to persons with disabilities, namely, SDGs 4 on education and SDGs 8 on valuable employment and economic growth. Therefore, the MOU signing this time answers Khon Kaen University’s mission in sustainable development.
“Khon Kaen University is very pleased to carry out works related to the development of the quality of life of persons with disabilities, as the University has already been operating on policy development, developing bodies of knowledge related to the quality of life of the disabled, developing occupations for the disabled, and developing utilities and facilities that support the living of the disabled. With the cooperation, these missions will be extended. Now, the University is under the process of policy adjustment. We plan to enroll more students with disabilities. Our personnel will brainstorm ideas for the mentioned developmental plans in all possible aspects and will carry out concrete implementation on these. We are improving the utilities and facilities as well as plans for the welfare and benefits, for instance, in the case where people have accidents and become disabled. The University has issued new regulations on the welfare that takes care of these cases. Moreover, a survey will be conducted to categorize the levels of disabilities. Formerly, we were able to locate the cases that are obvious like limb amputation, or blindness. Now, more will be included for the support and care, such as blur vision, inability to use the hand properly, etc. The survey will be conducted on students and personnel so that all levels of disabilities are known and recorded. With the information, the policy will be improved and more facilities will be provided.”
The MOU is effective for 3 years from September 10, 2021 until September 10, 2024. If interested, please visit https://fb.watch/7WsrovmcUy/ for watching the 13th National Seminar on Persons with Disabilities of 2021 on the topic: “Covid-19 towards Innovation Development for the Disabled”.