Maliwan was born and raised in Phang-Nga Province, a southern part of Thailand, went to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education (1967) and a certificate in Psychology. Maliwan went to Michigan State University for her master degree in Deaf Education (1971) and came back to Thailand to work for Setsatian School for the Deaf for 10 years. Maliwan got the scholarship from Gallaudet University to join the Ph.D. program in Special Education Administration. After her graduation in 1985, Maliwan was appointed to be the director of Chonburi School for the Deaf. After 2 years in Chonburi, Maliwan was transferred to be the director of Setsatian School for the Deaf in Bangkok and worked there for 16 years until her retirement. At present, Maliwan is the chair of the Graduate Program in Special Education at Suan Dusit University and a lifetime secretary of the Foundation for the Deaf under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. Maliwan was the first sign language interpreter on Thai television during the 1990s. Maliwan is now supporting bilingual education as well as parent education for deaf children in Thailand. Maliwan lives in Bangkok with her husband, Prasit and son, Panasarn who works for the Foundation for the Deaf in Thailand as well. Maliwan had experiences in International Consultancy in Education for the Deaf in Myanmar, Nepal, Cambodia, and Bhutan. Maliwan enjoys reading and writing articles about special education and making notes about related topics which she thinks will be useful for her advisees and friends.

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