Therapists for Armenia
We aim to enhance the fields of occupational, physical, and speech therapy in Armenia and Artsakh through inclusive, sustainable approaches. Our goals are to make international connections, strengthen service delivery, fight disability stigma, and help our Armenian communities thrive.
*We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
Our Mission And Vision
The mission for Therapists for Armenia (TFA) is to advance the fields of occupational, physical, and speech therapy, promote accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities, and foster well being within Armenian communities through educational outreach, service, collaboration, and advocacy.
We strive to create a strong international network of therapists, enhance our clinical skills, create educational resources, and help our Armenian communities thrive.
If you are an occupational, physical, or speech therapist/assistant/student and are interested in helping Armenian communities, please complete our membership form below!
TFA Member Hosts Webinar with Autism Center in YerevanApril 20, 2023
In support of Autism Acceptance Month, TFA member and Speech Language Pathologist Kristine Movsisian M.S. CCC-SLP/GC-ASD, presented a webinar on the topic of Communication & Behavior Management with My Way Rehabilitation and Educational Centre located in Yerevan, Armenia. Kristine works full-time in the elementary school setting in Los Angeles with moderate to severely challenged students. In her presentation, she discussed the strategies and techniques used to manage challenging behaviors through teaching effective functional communication skills. Kristine reflected, “I was honored to present to the group of esteemed individuals at My Way.”
Great work, Kristine!
TFA Visits Equal Rights Equal Opportunity NGO to Discuss Disability Advocacy in ArmeniaApril 10, 2023
Therapists for Armenia director Armineh Babikian visited EREO NGO in Vanadzor, Armenia and got a tour of the first independent living center in Armenia. With EREO founder, Anush Aslanyan, they discussed the importance of disability advocacy for and with people with disabilities, the distinction between independent living centers and rehabilitation centers, and exchanged resources. Babikian donated two copies of the Occupational Therapy Guidebook to Inclusion to their resource library.
TFA Supports Inclusive Education in Stepanavan, Lori in Armenia Through Adaptive Equipment Donations and TrainingApril 1, 2023
On March 16th, our founder and executive director, Armineh Babikian, joined Lori region’s inclusive education team consisting of 31 special educators, psychologists, speech therapists, and social workers. The Lori region has the second highest prevalence of childhood disability in Armenia.
“It was such a pleasure to be welcomed to the Secondary School Number 2 and the regional psychopedagogical support center, which services 44 schools. Through my volunteer work over the past 6 years and Therapists for Armenia, I have crossed paths with several of these specialists already. Every regional center in Armenia has received copies of my Occupational Therapy Guidebook to Inclusion thanks to Worldvision Armenia. Now we are collaborating to help the team implement occupational therapy strategies into their inclusive education efforts, as there is no occupational therapist in the whole region. We will continue to partner with them, provide multidisciplinary support and exchange experiences.”
Thank you to all who donated to the school supply donation drive. Because of your support we were able to donate:
- 33 chair bands
- 160 readers
- 210 colored pencils
- 190 regular pencils
- 216 pencil grips
- 96 mini adaptive scissors
- 51 large adaptive scissors
- 50 spring scissors
- 4 bumpy cushions
Together we will make this a more inclusive world! For now we are starting with the beautiful Lori Region.