The Disabled People’s Organization (DPO), formerly the Disabled Persons’ Association of Bhutan (DPAB), was founded by a group of persons with disabilities to recognize the voice of our own. Under the Royal Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Namgyal Wangchuk – the XXVIth Paro Penlop, the organization was legally registered with the Civil Society Organizations Authority (CSOA) on November 26, 2010.  

The organization, which is tax exempted, is governed by a Board of Trustees, whose members are chosen for a certain term of office from among the organization’s members. The DPO has a seven-member Board of Directors and fifteen-member Technical Committee. There are Twenty Focal Persons (DT Secretaries in Dzongkhags), who provide the DPO with data updates on persons with disabilities in their districts, as well as facilitate coordination and communication at the Dzongkhag level.   In the management team, there are six staff, who oversee the day-to-day functions of the organization.  

The Disabled People’s Organization is the only DPO in the country with persons with disabilities serving on the Board of Directors, Technical Committees, and Management Team.   As required by the Civil Society Organization Act 2007, our operations are guided by its Charter and the Articles of association. Our financial transactions and performance are subject to external auditing from the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) and inspection by the board of directors and contributors.