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Visiting Laboratory School, Kirtipur Nepal-
Our Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB) Knowledge Exchange team spent a full school day with the blind/visually-impaired student section at Laboratory (Lab) school in Kirtipur, Nepal. This school has 51 students with blindness/vision-impairment and about 800 sighted students who attend school together as part of an ‘integrated’ model of education. For the students with vision-impairment there is a resource room where Braille and other skills special to the blind are taught. Otherwise, they attend other core classes with sighted students. School Principal, Mr. Lakpa Sherpa was very helpful and accommodating for our visiting group. The morning started out with a question and answer session with some of the older students. They were very curious about education for the blind in the USA, including: what technology students in the US were using, was there ‘bullying’ by fellow students and even about ‘guide dogs for the blind’. I (Rob) helped lighten the mood with a very 'international' joke about the responsibilities of caring for a guide dog…namely, dealing with the ‘soo’ and ‘goo’- pee and poop in the English language! This kind of humor goes over ‘big’ with kids no matter what culture your dealing with! We had a fun and informative day as you can observe from the slide show.
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5 days ago

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Nepal Wheelchair Basketball Men’s & Women’s Finals
Our Washington State School for the Blind ‘Knowledge Exchange’ group spent an exciting afternoon at the Nepal wheelchair basketball finals, put on by ‘Engage’, an organization providing empowerment and disability rights programs for people with disabilities. We also arranged for two groups of children to attend from DNC (Disabled Newlife Center) and DHC (Disabled Help Center). The kids were amazed at how competitive the participants were, as I would say most of the attendees from the sold-out audience were! There was intense competition in both the women’s and men’s finals. Two past-DHC students were participating in the finals - Bharat BC and Dhan Bahadur...we are very proud of them, of course! Plus, Nirmala Gyawali, executive director of ADSoN and I were fortunate to be one of the sponsoring organizations and participated in distributing some of the awards.
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Thank you so much Rob for this wonderful video of mine

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6 days ago

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TRIFC/Facebook ‘Radio Silence’
TRIFC’s Facebook page mysteriously disappeared twice over the past two weeks which put us into a ‘tizzy’ trying to figure out what happened! Well, we’re not exactly sure what happened but after many urgent appeals to Facebook it has returned to where it was supposed to be. We’re currently engaged in an exciting project for TRIFC involving an exchange of educators for the blind/visually-impaired from the Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB) so please stay tuned for more photos and stories....
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2 weeks ago

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“When you use your hands to touch things in the world like you touch your braille, nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams.” - Stephanie Face, Teacher at the Washington State School for the Blind

What a beautiful sentiment and poetic manner of describing how important it is for blind/visually-impaired students to be able to experience the world through touch. Thank you, Stephanie for coming to Nepal on this adventure...for your thoughtfulness, kindness and expertise which will enhance our opportunity to positively impact children with vision issues and those with vision-impairments combined with other disabilities.
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2 weeks ago

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Knowledge Exchange- USA to Nepal
As part of an effort to improve education for the visually-impaired in Nepal TRIFC has arranged for a stellar team of volunteers from the Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB) to travel to Nepal and engage with Nepali educators for students with blindness as well as the students themselves. Our tremendous team arrived in Nepal on June 28th and consists of WSSB school principal- Sean McCormick, Learning Support classroom teacher- Stephanie Face and Itinerant Outreach teacher- Pam Parker. Working together with Nepali Knowledge Exchange participants,- Ms. Sita Gyawali, teacher of students with blindness and 24 year educator and principal of Gyan Chakshu school- Ms. Keshari Thapa we are exploring ways to make practical, positive changes for Nepali students with blindness and those which have blindness and multiple disabilities.
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All the best to stellar team of volunteers. Welcome to Nepal!

All the pictures great

So l am very happy

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