On 25 September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the milestone document called “Transforming our world; the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The said document consists of 17 goals, also known as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and 169 targets which all countries aim to achieve by 2030. One of 17 goals emphasizes on reducing inequality that fits perfectly with theme of IGF 2016 “Enabling inclusiveness and Sustainable Growth”.
The Health Equity Monitoring Project report (2013) conducted by International Health Policy Program showed that the blind who are in labor market in Thailand was approximately 12.9% compared with total workforce ages. In addition, 58% of the blind completed only primary school that led for gaining lower-income. Consequently, they have encountered on inequality and unwell-being in their quality of life.
In order to reduce inequality for the blind; as one of marginalized groups in Thai society, enhancing internet accessibility for the blind, who have encountered with unfriendly internet accessibility, leads for improvement of their quality of life and well-being as well. Therefore, Thailand through Thailand Association of the Blind collaborated with Information technology experts has introduced an innovative technology solutions in order to reduce inequality of internet accessibility among the blind.
- Natawut Amornvivat - CEO, Focal Intelligence Co., Ltd. / The Mobile App Development Company - The Founder of “Read for the Blind” and “Help Us Read”
- Cholatip Yimyong - Head Administrator – Electronic Content Services, National Library for the Blind and Print - disabled - Co-founder of “Read for the Blind” and Help Us Read”