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Ready, Willing and disabled? Not in her kingdom

A private school owner with discriminatory hiring practices proves that the blinders of prejudice can be temporarily lifted by celebrity, but only temporarily

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Michael was born with fused wrists. It's not immediately noticeable when you meet him, but having such a mild disability means Michael can't manipulate his hands as much as you and I can. He cannot wai, for example. 

While it is unfortunate, it is hardly a huge barrier and this young New Zealander went to university and got himself a degree before heading off into the world to gain a little experience. That is how he ended up in Thailand, teaching English at a government school in Khon Kaen.

I supply teachers for a school in the North of Thailand and when a vacancy came up, Michael applied and on the basis of some very glowing references, I gave him the job starting in the new school semester.

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