On April 2, 2021, Deputy Labour Minister Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat commenced an Online World Autism Awareness Day and visited the work and career preparation system for people with autism, cognitive and learning disabilities, and Autism Thai Foundation. She also observed a performance showing the potential of autistic persons and listened to a report on driving and supporting the STS platform, survey, and initial screening of people with special needs. The Deputy Labour Minister observed the Autism Thai Foundation’s introduction of Ambassadors, a message announcement for the World Autism Day, and visited the Autism Thai Foundation’s training center. The event was attended by Advisor to the Deputy Labour Minister M.L. Puntrik Smiti and the committee.
Prof. Narumon said that the skill development policy to raise the Ministry of Labour’s level to become a Ministry of Economic comes under the concept of three things: to “create, elevate and give; uniting Thailand to build a nation.” The policy gives importance to the development and promotion of careers for vulnerable groups. This includes people with disabilities and people with special needs and their families, providing access to skills development and promoting career opportunities to compete in the world market, to survive amid a crisis, having a career, a sustainable income, strength, and improved quality of life in the long-term for workers and their families.
The Deputy Labour Minister said that the Ministry of Labour’s Department of Skill Development (DSD) has participated in organizing career preparation training courses for people with autism and persons with cognitive impairment to learn in 5 courses, promoting individuals with autism into employment and self-employment. This includes establishing a social enterprise for people with disabilities, which is one of the top in Thailand. This year over 100 people attended the event and organized a model center to support the preparation for work and occupation for people with disabilities in Thailand, following the plan to develop the quality of life of the disabled.
“Providing autistic individuals with basic government services in a variety of areas, including vocational skills training, will enable them to live in a society with value, dignity, and self-reliance under the concept of “promote employment, create management and reduce payments.” The efforts work by building networks of all sectors to join, because helping one person with disabilities can help 3-4 people in their families, leading to a stable and improved quality of life,” concluded the Deputy Labour Minister.
Source: Ministry of Labour