Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2011
SLBN Semarang
This description of Ciptono's work was prepared when Ciptono was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
By creating a school experience and a new curriculum that values and develops the talents of special needs students, Ciptono is changing both the public’s perception of such individuals and their own self-images. Ciptono prefers to refer to such persons as differently-abled or “diffabled”—thereby suggesting their roles as contributors to society—is engaged in related advocacy work, and plans to construct a House of Inspiration to display the talents of diffabled people in an uplifting way.
The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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