by Po Sakun | 14 January 2019

Everyone has different inherent talents and geniuses.

One definition of inclusivity is to not exclude any group or section of society. Everyone is different in their experience, origins and where they work or live. There is much diversity in people’s backgrounds, ethnicities, nationalities, gender, sexual orientation, beliefs, religion and socio-economic status.

For me inclusivity means that everyone deserves the same value, the same respect and equal rights and that no matter who you are, with or without any disabilities, every person counts in society. How can we understand this better? We probably all know that ‘inclusive’ is not a brand new word, some people got to know this word through encounters in their real life or by learning from many factors such as their community, society, infrastructures, laws and from the people at last. So if we talk about inclusivity in terms of disability, how does it work? Is there any system or law that allows people to live easily in inclusive communities? How can we make that happen?

I live in a wonderful land where we have so much natural environment and I’m always proud and thrilled to see what my country has. But one thing that makes me feel upset is that every day I see many people with disabilities struggling and being challenged to overcome obstacles every single day. The main thing that causes this situation is that we do not yet have inclusivity. We have a Ministry of Rehabilitation and Social Affairs which is working closely with people with disabilities. They are trying to include everyone in the job system with a national law that has been set up for people with and without disabilities together – but both in the private and the public sector people still don’t follow the law.

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