Disability-Specific Measures and Roles of Disabled People’s Organizations in Supporting Persons with Disabilities and Families during COVID-19 Pandemic

Abstract

This qualitative study aimed to analyze disability-specific measures and the roles of Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) in supporting persons with disabilities and families. The subjects selected by means of purposive technique which consisted of 42 members of 7 DPOs and were divided into 3 groups of 14. The data were collected by focus group discussion to reach saturation. The data were analyzed by means of content analysis. Finding revealed that supporting measures provided for people in general could not meet the needs of persons with disabilities. For example, the Community Isolation (CI) center 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 CI centers if they not infected by COVID-19. To solve this problem, DPOs that represent persons with each type of disabilities, with cooperation of the hospitals and their network organizations, set up CI centers to support their own members. The services at CI centers included free accommodation, foods, and medical care. With the advocacy of DPOs, the government launched disability-specific measures. Then DPOs monitor and evaluate the measures to ensure that they can meet the needs of persons with disabilities and families. They also give suggestions to the government concerning the revision and implementation of disabilityspecific measures and policies related to COVID-19.



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Arunee Limmanee, Thammasat University, Thailand

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Conference: ACE2021
Stream: Education

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To cite this article:
Limmanee A. (2022) Disability-Specific Measures and Roles of Disabled People’s Organizations in Supporting Persons with Disabilities and Families during COVID-19 Pandemic ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2021: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2022.45
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2022.45


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