Meaningful employment opportunities for youth with disabilities in Bhutan: piloting an employment assessment toolkit

Paul Lynch, Matthew J. Schuelka, Rhona Brown, Christopher Johnstone, (Ura) Sonam Tshewang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This article presents the adaptation of a screening tool to help young persons with disabilities understand what they may need to do in in order to move closer to meaningful work. Using critical capabilities approach, we developed a toolkit to support the transition process from home, school, or other setting to formal or informal employment in Bhutan. Community Inclusion Coordinators were recruited to mentor 40 participants to gain confidence, appropriate work skills to get closer to being work-ready. We also evaluated the efficacy and utility of the toolkit which revealed that some of the participants valued having honest and open conversations about personal and professional issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102820
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Development
StatePublished - Sep 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The overall three-year GCRF-ESRC study aimed to recognize the contextually appropriate and complex nature of socio-economic participation for persons with disabilities in Bhutan and in other low and middle-income countries. In 2019, the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration, Royal Thimphu College (Bhutan), and the University of Birmingham and the University of Glasgow (UK) initiated the study “Understanding, Developing, and Supporting Meaningful Work for Youth with Disabilities in Bhutan: Networks, Communities, and Transitions,” funded through a Global Challenges Research Grant by UK Official Development Assistance (ESRC ES/S004319/1). One specific aim within the study was to harness the work experience of young persons with disabilities to develop a standardised assessment model and good practice guidelines, as well as inform the design of new service interventions to help people to move closer to being work ready. It is also important to understand what ways youth with disabilities in Bhutan can be supported in their transition from home or school to meaningful formal or informal work by families, teachers, government services, civil society organisations, and other key stakeholders.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Authors


  • Bhutan
  • Critical capabilities approach
  • Development
  • Disability
  • Employment skills
  • Young adult


Dive into the research topics of 'Meaningful employment opportunities for youth with disabilities in Bhutan: piloting an employment assessment toolkit'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this