Understanding, Developing, and Supporting Meaningful Work for Youth with Disabilities in Bhutan: Networks, Communities, and Transitions


Supported the inclusive community employment of youth and young adults with disabilities in Bhutan, a mountainous kingdom in south central Asia. This research and development program collaborated with colleagues from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan. ICI staff developed and implemented tools to assess employment for people with disabilities in Bhutan, reviewed services that support this outcome, and recommended additional services. This work now informs policy and legislation that promote community-based employment for young people with disabilities in Bhutan.

Matthew J Schuelka
Subcontract from
University of Birmingham [United Kingdom]
Economic and Social Research Council [United Kingdom]
Royal Thimphu College [Bhutan]
University of Birmingham [United Kingdom]


Brian H Abery :: Senior Research Associate

Christopher J Johnstone :: Assistant Professor, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Matthew J Schuelka :: Founder and CEO, Fora Education

Partner staff

Kezang Sherab :: Co-investigator

Renata Ticha :: Senior Research Associate

Partner staff

Sonam Ura Tshewang :: Project coordinator


  • Specific life stage
    • Adolescents and young adults
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Career preparation
    • Employment and workforce development
  • International initiatives
    • Assessment
    • Disability advocacy


  • Research