Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1994
Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Educação Especial
This description of Sonia Coutinho's work was prepared when Sonia Coutinho was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1994.
In the state of Bahia, in the northeast of Brazil, Sonia Coutinho has developed a center for arts and alternative education for adolescents with moderate learning disabilities that is remarkably effective in aiding their transition from school to productive employment and facilitating their continued intellectual growth. It is also playing an important role in heightening public awareness of the potential of such individuals for productive roles in society.
The New Idea
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