ERIC Number: EJ746005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Reference Count: 12
A First Look at Children and Youths Who Are Deaf-Blind in the Kingdom of Thailand
Sukontharungsee, Saowaruk; Bourquin, Eugene; Poonpit, Mor
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v100 n9 p557-562 Sep 2006
The study presented in this paper represents the first organized attempt to examine the population of individuals who are deaf-blind in Thailand. This study began as a master's thesis in a university rehabilitation program; in 2004, the results were concisely presented at a conference in Asia (Sukontharungsee, 2005). The research activities were overseen by a committee of six professors, emeritus professors, and advisers. The critical role of defining and beginning to understand the prevalence and needs of people with disabilities, especially those who are deaf-blind, is vital to the establishment of services in Thailand. By reporting on the census and surveys conducted with individuals who are deaf-blind and their significant relatives, the authors hope that a nascent picture will emerge to assist in planning for appropriate programs and services in Thailand, which appears to be poised to expand and improve services for people with disabilities. Problems that were highlighted by the research include the lack of interpreters and other rehabilitation personnel, such as social workers, counselors, and others who are knowledgeable about deaf-blindness; more positive societal attitudes; and increased training and availability of teachers and educational programs. Also notable was the lack of the perceived need for advanced technology.
Descriptors: Deaf Blind, Children, Youth, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Access to Education, Access to Health Care, Deaf Interpreting, Rehabilitation Programs, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Childhood Needs, Social Bias, Social Attitudes, Interpersonal Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand