By THE NATION
“The adjustment was made to help disabled persons cope with the present cost of living,” she said. “Statistics show that most of the disabled persons live in rural areas and have an average income of only Bt4,326 per month. The increase in disability allowance is expected to promote a better quality of life for the disabled and reduce the burden on relatives.”
Ratchada further added that the prime minister has also ordered related agencies to work together in improving the quality of life of disabled persons in three aspects:
Improve facilities: All government buildings must install equipment to facilitate accessibility for disabled persons such as wheelchair ramps. The Ministry of Interior will be the central agency for approving the designs and considering the budget for installing these facilities.
Career promotion: The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has been ordered to compile a database of disabled persons divided by their vocational abilities. They are to work with the private sector and the Ministry of Labour to provide appropriate jobs as well as necessary career training for each person.
Benefits: The Office of Social Security and National Health Security Office will together consider providing suitable health benefits to insured disabled persons in case of accident, illness or unemployment.
“As of December 2019, there are 2.02 million persons registered with the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities,” said the spokeswoman. “The adjustment in disability allowance will require an additional Bt4.852 billion budget annually, which will come from the Pracharat Fund for Grass-roots Economy and Society for fiscal year 2021.”