Disabled Persons’ Association of Bhutan (DPAB)

The Disabled Persons’ Association of Bhutan (DPAB) works to support all disabled persons in Bhutan to attain their highest level of education and physical and psychological well-being. With only one school for the visually impaired, one schools for the hearing impaired students, four schools for children with special learning needs, and one vocational school for children with disabilities, DAPB realized that thousands of persons with disability were lacking access to education and other support services. To address their needs, a group of visually impaired persons registered the Disabled Persons’ Association of Bhutan as a civil society organization on November 26, 2010. Currently, DPAB is supported by one permanent staff member and part-time volunteers. Programs supported by DPAB include raising awareness of and advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities in Bhutan; enhancing the education and capacity of persons with disabilities; improving the quality of life and living conditions of persons with disabilities; and facilitating communication, coordination, and collaboration with relevant organizations within and outside the country working with persons with disabilities. The Bhutan Foundation’s Special Education program continues to work in partnership with DPAB to help in developing special education and providing collaboration among stakeholders.