Pavithran leads advocacy training in Turkey
A trip to Istanbul, Turkey in November turned into a heated four-day discussion of advocacy and empowerment issues for Utah Assistive Technologies Program (UATP) director Sachin Pavithran and three colleagues. The humanitarian effort, coordinated by LDS Charities, was meant to train families and teachers to work with students who are deaf.
The group, which included two people who are deaf and one sign-language interpreter in addition to Pavithran, started researching the disability issues in Turkey after being contacted by LDS Charities in July. The research expanded to issues faced by people with a broad range of disabilities, instead of only people who are deaf.