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Moments from Therap Asia Conference April 20, 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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By |2017-05-07T11:05:56+00:00May 7th, 2017|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Moments from Therap Asia Conference April 20, 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Therap Visits Daya Mina

Faisal with Sister Anastasia in Daya Mina

Faisal with Sister Anastasia in Daya Mina

We visited Daya Mina, an organization which works with persons with Intellectual Disabilities in Sri Lanka. It is situated in Thalapathpitiya, Nugegoda, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Daya Mina is part of a charitable organization called “Sisters of Charity”. “Sisters of Charity” has two other such facilities across Sri Lanka. One of them, Supem Uyana, is based in Gonapinuwala. And the other one, Meth Mihira, is based in Koralawella, Moratuwa.

In Daya Mina, we met with Sister Anastasia, who was in charge of the establishment. Daya Mina provides vocational training, early intervention and different therapies. They try to develop different skills of persons with Intellectual Disabilities, such as social  and communication. Such skills would help them adopt better in the society. Different forms of art crafts, such as candles, key rings and carpets are being made there. The activities of Daya Mina is highly appreciable.

By |2016-11-03T07:12:41+00:00October 20th, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Therap Visits Daya Mina

Bangladesh to Host 23rd AFID Conference in 2017

Handing Over

Mrs. Nandhini Wijayaratnam, Immediate past president of AFID hands over the flag to newly elected president of AFID, Mr. Jawaharul Islam Mamun from Bangladesh.

The 23rd chapter of the AFID Conference will be hosted by Bangladesh in 2017. It was decided in the board meeting during closing ceremony of The 22nd Conference on Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities. According to the decisions of the meeting Mr. Jawaharul Islam Mamun became the newly elected president of AFID, and Mr. Sachida Nand Shrivastava from Nepal became 1st Vice President. Mr. Mamun led the Bangladeshi Delegation to 22nd AFID Conference. He is currently serving as the president of Society for the Welfare of the Intellectually Disabled, Bangladesh. SWID Bangladesh started its journey in 1977, and has been a pioneer in advocating for the rights of persons with Intellectual Disabilities. We would like to congratulate Mr. Mamun, on becoming the president of AFID. Therap Services is looking forward to the 23rd AFID conference to be held in Bangladesh.

With Mr. mamun

Faisal and Andalib with Mr. Jawaharul Islam Mamun, President, AFID

By |2016-11-03T07:12:41+00:00October 14th, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Bangladesh to Host 23rd AFID Conference in 2017

Therap Visits The Ceylon Association for the Mentally Retarded (CAMR)

Andalib and Faisal with Mr. Nihal Nanayakkara, President, CAMR, and Mrs. Nandhini Wijayaratnam, Vice President, CAMR, Immediate Past President of AFID

Andalib and Faisal with Mr. Nihal Nanayakkara, President, CAMR, and Mrs. Nandhini Wijayaratnam, Vice President, CAMR, Immediate Past President of AFID

The Ceylon Association for the Mentally Retarded (CAMR), is a pioneer and national organization in the field of Intellectual Disabilities in Sri Lanka. They currently have 60 affiliate members in Sri Lanka. They have recently hosted The 22nd Conference on Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities. We visited a day care center which is being run by CAMR in Colombo, Sri Lanka. There we had a meeting with the executive committee of CAMR. A demonstration of Threap was provided to the executive committee of CAMR and the benefits were highlighted. The executive committee of CAMR also communicated challenges which are faced by them, in terms of using such a system. Therap Services will be highlighted in the future programs and workshops held by CAMR.

By |2016-11-03T07:12:41+00:00October 13th, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Therap Visits The Ceylon Association for the Mentally Retarded (CAMR)

Closing Ceremony of 22nd AFID Conference

22nd AFID General Assembly being held at the closing ceremony

22nd AFID General Assembly being held

The closing ceremony of The 22nd Conference on Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities was being held on 7 October, 2015. The ceremony started with live performances by persons with Intellectual Disabilities. There were also presentations done by self advocates of different member countries. They shared their life stories, and how they are coping up with the society. This was followed by the general assembly of The 22nd Conference on Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities. There was an open forum, where the review of the conference was done. Delegates and members got an opportunity to express their opinion about the conference. The board meeting followed which elected the next board committee members. With the handing over of the flag, the closing ceremony came to an end.

AFID Board Members

AFID Board Members

By |2016-11-03T07:12:42+00:00October 12th, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Closing Ceremony of 22nd AFID Conference

Delegates from Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), Singapore with Therap, at 22nd AFID

With Tahmina Huq, Special Education  Teacher for Ministry of Education, Singapore

With Tahmina Huq, Special Education Teacher for Ministry of Education, Singapore

Andalib and Faisal with delegates from APSN, Singapore.

Andalib and Faisal with delegates from APSN, Singapore.

Delegates from Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), were present at The 22nd Conference on Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities. The delegation was led by Dr. Francis C. Chen, who is an honorary member of Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID). We had exchange of ideas with the delegates. The idea of use of ICT in the Intellectual Disabilities field was well received by the delegates.

By |2016-11-03T07:12:42+00:00October 12th, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Delegates from Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), Singapore with Therap, at 22nd AFID

Therap Visits Child Guidance Center in Colombo

Child Guidance Center, No. 11, Wela Road, Pathiragoda, Maharagama, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Child Guidance Center, No. 11, Wela Road, Pathiragoda, Maharagama, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Andalib and Faisal with delegates of 22nd AFID at Child Guidance Center at Colombo, Sri Lanka

Andalib and Faisal with delegates of 22nd AFID at Child Guidance Center at Colombo, Sri Lanka

We along with a group of delegates visited Child Guidance Center, at Maharagama, Colombo, as part of the 22nd AFID. The Child Guidance Center is run by the Department of Social Services under Ministry of Social Services and Social Welfare, Sri Lanka. Mrs. G. L. Leela Gunasinghe, Superintendent of the center guided the delegates of the 22nd AFID. There were delegates of Singapore, Japan, Bangladesh and Korea. This center primarily works with early intervention of persons with Intellectual Disabilities. These services develop skills of persons with Intellectual Disabilities so that they can attend special education unit of government schools of Sri Lanka. The Superintendent shared her inspirational story of how she got training from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which gave her idea about this Child Guidance Center. The center was proposed by her and is supported by the  Department of Social Services of Sri Lanka. We wish her and the center all the best.

Presentation by Therap at the 22nd AFID Conference

Faisal Iqbal Presents at The 22nd AFID Conference

Faisal Iqbal Presents at The 22nd AFID Conference

Therap at The 22nd AFID Conference

Therap at The 22nd AFID Conference

Faisal Iqbal, Asst. Dir. of Training and Implementation at Therap, presented at a plenary session of the 22nd Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference. The paper titled “Leveraging Software to Improve Quality of Care in the Intellectual Disability Community” was presented by Faisal. The paper elaborates on how the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can benefit the Intellectual Disabilities field in Asia. The paper was well accepted by the delegates of the conference, which was followed through with a question answer session and subsequent one-to-one discussions at the Therap booth.

By |2016-11-03T07:12:42+00:00October 5th, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Presentation by Therap at the 22nd AFID Conference

Caroline Essame stops by the booth of Therap Services at The 22nd AFID Conference

Andalib, Faisal and Caroline at the booth of Therap

Andalib, Faisal and Caroline at the booth of Therap

Caroline Essame, who is the Managing Director of CREATIVE ARTS THERAPY AND TRAINING Pte Ltd., came by the booth of Therap Services at The 22nd Conference of Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities. She is a Consultant Art Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and an Educator based in Singapore. She was very much interested about how Therap works and how it can impact the Intellectual Disabilities field in Asia.

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Department of Education officials of Sri Lanka visit the booth of Therap at The 22nd Conference of Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities

Officials from Department of Education, Western Province, Sri Lanka, visit the booth of Therap

Officials from Department of Education, Western Province, Sri Lanka, visit the booth of Therap

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