Advancing Disability Rights through the Arts

Portrait of Dulamsuren
photo credit: Brian Lanker
Disability Rights Leader and 2008 WILD alumna from Mongolia, Dulamsuren Jigjid, shares her WILD impact story and how she is advancing disability rights through the arts in her country.

I was the only child in my Mongolian elementary school who was losing her hearing. At first I was considered disruptive and someone who should be sent home, but gradually my teachers realized I could study just as well as my classmates. Today, if I compare myself to them, I’m living better than most.

My first job was working as a photographer for the Mongolian National Federation of Disabled People. We worked to assist people with disabilities to obtain low-interest loans, learn computer skills, and do web design. When I applied for the WILD program, I dreamt that I would one day establish my own disability related culture center.

After I returned home from WILD, I became very active. I began studying sign languages in both Mongolian and English and became known as a leader in the Mongolian Deaf community. I continued my education at the local university and eventually completed my master’s degree in cultural studies.

I am proud to say my WILD dream finally did come true. I recently founded the Cultural Center for the Deaf in Mongolia.

We organize activities for people who are Deaf and with other types of disabilities, such as the cultural fair and meeting for International Women’s Day every year.

I am grateful for all the experiences and friendships I gained from WILD. The WILD program made me understand that I am a strong, powerful woman with a disability.

Learn more about the impact of WILD under the related resources section.

Author: 

Dulamsuren Jigjid