Javzandulam Ganbold

2022 IVLP Impact Award Project: Advocacy Campaigns about Autism Spectrum DisorderMongolia

Javzandulam Ganbold currently works at Autism Association of Mongolia, a non-profit organization based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, serving children and people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

IVLP Impact Award Project: Advocacy Campaigns about Autism Spectrum Disorder

The project created a unique opportunity for families, community members, health care providers and educators to access information about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Materials on the early signs of autism, free educational materials and other resources were made available. The Autism Awareness advocacy campaign championed the rights and interests of autistic people and their families, making sure national policy and legislation reflect their needs. This was achieved by conducting advocacy campaigns for the community to increase autism awareness and organize workshops and webinars for parents, community, teachers and health professionals.

Through this project, 96 parents participated in a workshop aimed to promote and encourage inclusive education opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities and ASD. Additionally, 200 parents were able to connect and create a community and reintroduce parents' collective efforts for advocacy for children with autism. 5 parents shared their personal stories on social media to raise autism awareness and acceptance. 1000 flyers and 1000 manuals were printed as resources for parents. The project increased understanding and acceptance of ASD, increased access to resources and learning materials, and addressed the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the well-being of autistic individuals who have lost their routine social interactions and support.

Social Media Video Campaign: Autism Awareness in Mongolia

“The project shared stories of children with autism. I do not have relatives with autism. However, the story gave me new perspectives and hope to know them more. I will work as volunteer for the autism association in the future." -  Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Javza was a participant in the IVLP Project NGO Management - Joint Project for EAP and SCA in 2021, organized by the U.S. Department of State and the Mississippi Consortium for International Development.

Her exchange experience led to the development of her IVLP Impact Award Project: "IVLP is supporting the interests of a person with autism to promote and protect their rights and welfare in Mongolia. Giving them opportunities to develop, experience joy and to be active members of the community by creating acceptance and inclusion for all."

U.S. Communities Visited Virtually

Denver, CO; Washington, DC; San Antonio, TX; Seattle, WA, Madison, WI

Country: Mongolia 

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