Employment and Participation in Meaningful Activities for Persons with Disabilities in Bhutan: Results from a National Survey


The Comprehensive Survey of Transition and Employment of Youth with Disabilities in Bhutan was conducted in late 2019, as part of a project on employment and meaningful participation of youth with disabilities in Bhutan titled, “Understanding, Developing, and Supporting Meaningful Work for Youth with Disabilities in Bhutan: Networks, Communities, and Transitions,” funded by the UK government and managed by the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration, Royal Thimphu College (Bhutan), and the University of Birmingham (UK). The survey was Phase One of the project and included 216 youth with disabilities (average age: 23) across 17 out of 20 dzongkhags [districts] in Bhutan. Fieldwork surveys and interviews were conducted in-person using Geographic Information Systems [GIS]-enabled technology.

Suggested Citation

Schuelka, M., Ticha, R., Abery, B., Sherab, K., & Ura Tshewang, S. (2022). Employment and participation in meaningful activities for persons with disabilities in Bhutan: Results from a national survey. https://publications.ici.umn.edu/global-resource-center/employment-and-participation-in-bhutan


Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota


  • Specific life stage
    • Adolescents and young adults
  • Culture and diversity
    • Other cultural groups
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Employment and workforce development
    • Supported employment
  • Specific disability
    • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)