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Country Background

Thailand has a population of 67,959,000 people (UNESCAP 2015), and UNESCAP report 2015 indicated that a total of 2.2%, there are an estimated minimum of 1,478,662 people with disabilities living in Thailand.

The Department for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, has collected gender-specific data of persons with disabilities by registration method in order to analyze economic status in relation to the gender of persons with disabilities so that the Office may further assess the needs of women with disabilities on an equal basis with their male counterparts. As of March 2015, there are 893,070 (58.6%) male and 630,939 (41.4%) female persons with disabilities who have registered with the Ministry for financial aid and interest-free loans. Regarding children with disabilities, as of June 2010, there are 116,468 registered children with disabilities, of which 57,751 are boys and 58,747 are girls.

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