The U.S. Special Education Advisory Committee, through the Bhutan Foundation, has provided small grants to several of our local partners for key projects to help advance their mission. Through these small grants, we continue to support our local partners in implementing key projects that make maximum impact at all levels on the ground. The Bhutan Foundationâ€™s Thimphu office coordinates these key initiatives.
Ability Bhutan Society (ABS):
Sponsored a familiarization and fact-finding trip to India for ABSâ€™ founder, Beda Giri.
Sponsored events celebrating International Down Syndrome Day for several years.
Supported ABS staff to attend the Asia Pacific Down Syndrome Federation meeting in Indonesia in 2014, and the World Down Syndrome Congress in India in 2015.
Through the Bhutan Foundation, two social workers were accepted as interns at the Anderson Center for Autism and one is taking a course in ABA.Â Â They were also provided introductions and visits to show the continuum of services available in New York.
Disabled Personsâ€™ Association of Bhutan (DPAB):
Transition program for youth with visual impairment aimed at providing entrepreneurship skills and training, to help them acquire secure jobs.
DPAB initiated a transition program in collaboration with Amankora Bhutan, part of a luxury hotel group, to train visually impaired youth in spa therapy. With the hotel and spa industry growing in Bhutan, a career as a spa therapist could mean a more secure future.
Support to establish the Dhungsel Home Spa
Â Trained senior staff at Muenselling Institute completed a Training of Trainers program, which equipped them to provide white cane sensitization to staff and the public. Orientation and mobility can be important challenges for students with visual impairment at their schools and with the people involved in their day-to-day lives.
The Muenselling Institute held a two-day sensitization workshop for all new staff at three schools in the Eastern Region that serve students with visual impairment.
An advocacy campaign on the importance of white cane safety was launched on International White Cane Safety Day on October 15, 2014, at Kanglung in Eastern Bhutan.
Training in Germany and Switzerland for teacher of students with hearing impairment
Familiarization trip to Deaf and Blind programs in Singapore
Â Many schools and organizations:
IT equipment and resource materials have been provided to support their services.