The community-based program is held at the home of one of the transition-age youth, Ms. Pantip, in her house and community in Palan village, 15 kilometers from the Northern School for the Blind. Pantip is visually impaired with additional disabilities and an ex-student who finished school 2 years ago. There are 14 students who participate in this program.
Pantip was brought up by her grandparents since she was young. Her grandparents are farmers. They have a small house and around their house they grow many kinds of vegetables and herbs for cooking.
Cooking food in the traditional village style
Their neighbors, many of whom are also their relatives, have similar lifestyles. They are all very kind to our students and let them join in their activities. For a year the villagers have passed on their knowledge and wisdom to the students to help them in their vocational development. They have been shown how to cultivate and manage rice, grow vegetables and mushrooms from straw. They have a catfish farm and have learned how to cook food in the traditional village style. The students are still enjoying this experience and are happy in this community-based program. They always tell us that they are adults and they would like to work as adults. The community villagers are very willing to help them.
Overview of Transition Planning (Video)
This 8-minute video provides an overview of transition planning for young adults with visual impairments and additional disabilities at a program in northern Thailand. It describes the daily living activities in the classroom, including washing clothes, ironing, going to market, sweeping, mopping, food preparation, cooking, and Orientation and Mobility. In addition, it shows activities in the local community, such as visits to temples, parks, and participation in special cultural events and festivals. Vocational training programs include Thai massage and recycling. Recreational and social activities include games, exercise, and music. Finally, the video presents a halfway house for 5 young adults, and describes the involvement of the families, as well as outlining their daily activities.
Experience Learning and Halfway House
For more information about this program, please contact:
Northern School for the Blind
41 Arruk Road, Amphur Muang
Chiang Mai, THAILAND 50200
Contact person: Siriporn Tantaopas (Noie)