All entries for April 2005

April 29, 2005

Education for Blind Students in Thailand

I had a chance to attend the meeting at Thailand Association of the Blind on the other day. The meeting was to discuss about the issues related to education in Thailand towards blind students in order to write a proposal to present to the Minister of Education.

I was shocked to know the fact that how under educated blind people in Thailand are. There are only around 2,200 students in the education system right now – from kindergarten to university. This 2,200 compare to the number of expected blind students in Thailand and those who already registered as disabed (around 10,000) beside the fact of hundred of thousands of blind people in Thailand according to the statistics indicated by many reputable organisation. This issue is really discouraging.

From around 2,200 blind students, only several of them have the opportunity to continue to higher level such as bachelor or master. There're only approximately 50 students graduated high school (grade 12) each year. Some years can be more or less. The reason that this is so is because of the barriers that prevent blind students from succeeding in education. The barriers can range from unavailability of learning material and support to attitude of schools and public as well as opportunities given to these students. Blind people also citizens of Thailand. They too, should have equal right to participate in the education so that they can be independent and be able to help develop our country.


Relief

Today I'm so relief. The reason is because I'd submitted my two assignments last night. Now I'll only have to wait for the result. However, I still have
some more works to continue working. Being a human is just like this. You never really finish with your works. There're always new things coming by your
way. Therefore, be energetic to welcome and accept whatever things that come to you – either good or bad.

April 25, 2005

Assistive Technology

Finally most functions available in the mobile phone iare accessible to me now :) I'd just got a new mobile phone yesterday. It operates by symbian OS which allows me to install a screenreader software for mobile phone called "Talks" into it. Now I can send and receive text messages (althought not MMS), it's better than nothing anyway.

Being a disabled costs a lot in order for us to be fully inclusive in the mainstream society. However, with technology nowadays, the matter of inclusion becomes more possible although we still have to pay extra cost to be included. ICT really is helps us live in the mainstream society more independently. Hope in the future these advanced technologies will cost less to enable wider groups of disabled to bparticipate more


April 22, 2005

Grade A :D

I'm so happy today. The reason is because I just knew the result of my second Foundation Research Method assignment. You may be able to guess the result
from my heading and my feeling. Yes, I did it! I got A!!! This really lifts me up and encourages me to continue to work on my other assignments. My hard
work and stressed really paid their price :) Well…shouldn't be too excite because the rest of the assignments are all very tough. (sigh) Anyway, I'll just give myself an excuse to be so happy tonight and go back to reality of tons of assignments waiting to be completed tomorrow.

April 20, 2005

The Drawbacks of Sleepless

This morning I'd read a forwarded mail from my respected colleague. The mail is about the drawbacks of going to bed late. Many bad things can happen to
our health which I won't be able to write them all here. But I'd like to give my own example.

The reason I'm now in Thailand is because of my health. My eye pressure rose very high while I'm in England so I decided to take the first chance I can
to come back here and see my doctor. The result? My pressure dropped from 22 to 12 (in the firstexamination) and 16 on my recent examination on Monday.
These numbers are considered quite satisfactory. Moreover, my other friend also faces the same problem. She never has the problem with her eye pressure. But recently, she has the problem of not being able to sleep properly as well due to some of her problems. Result? Her eye pressure also rose and her doctor had to give her sleeping pills to send her to sleep so that her pressure will drop back to normal.

So, whatever you do, try to get as much sleep as possible.


April 15, 2005

More Organised

To be organised is the most important thing to work effectively. I experience this in the hard way. It is with my references to my assignment. Actually I finished my assignment since early afternoon but then I used around 3–4 hours just to gather all the information needed to be put in the reference section of my assignment. I should not have used that much time for only 13 references if I had organised them well. I should be more careful in my next assignment :P

April 14, 2005

Time is Precious

Where is all my time??? It's been almost 3 weeks now in Thailand. Time really flies. I hardly do anything worthwhile during these 3 weeks. I realize now that time really is a precious thing as the due date of my assignments is coming closer and closer :( It is impossible to pull back all the time I had lost and also impossible to stop the time from running into the future. I should do the most out of the time I have got but sometimes it is so tired to put too much pressure on myself.

April 12, 2005

The Fierce War

The most difficult war to fight is the war within yourself. I am having a tough time trying to fight against my own mind. The two fighting parties are "what I should do" and "what I want to do". The due date of my assignments are drawing closer and closer each day but I still lose the war trying to make myself sit down and start writing my assignments. What to do???

April 09, 2005

Life Is Just Like This

Human life is so short. We can never know what will happen tomorrow." This is an insight I got from my best friend's story. Her mother passed away on the
other day without ever preparing for it. It is a shock to everyone.

Apple, I would like to extend my deepest condolence to you. I hope you will regain your cheerfulness soon. Life must go on and your mother will always be
with you. I am sure she will witnesses every step you take in your life and be there for you.

From this story, it makes me feel that we should do whatever we want to do right now before it is too late to do so. Never procrastinate.


April 07, 2005

The Past Week in Thailand

It has been over a week in Thailand now. My flight was very good and as smooth as silk just like Thai International's slogan. The flight attendants really helped make me feel confident to travel my first flight alone. When I arrived at Don Muang Airport there was an assistant to pick me up and I was the first one to disembark from the plane. I found out soon afterwards that she graduated from the same university as I do. She then introduced me to another ABAC graduate who have just got a job as a steward. This incident is a very warm welcome for me.

I spent a week try to turn my life clock back to Thailand time. The weather is so hot until I can hardly eat anything. However, it is good to be home. I went to visit friends and my doctor for my eye check up. It turns out that my eye pressure is now back to normal. Very surprise so my doctor made an appointment to see me again next Monday for every hour pressure check to assure me for the truth.

I am now feeling worried about my assignments. All the works had totally stopped several days before my departure and has not yet resumed :( I will have to try harder to start working now!


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