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Kamal Lamichhane is in-residence fellow at Burton Blatt Institute

February 26, 2010

Me'Shae Brooks-Rolling
(315) 443-8455

Kamal Lamichhane of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) at the University of Tokyo is an in-residence fellow at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) from Feb. 24-March 12. A BBI fellowship is a prestigious short-term appointment to recognize emerging leaders in the disability field.

Lamichhane earned his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. He is the first person from Nepal who is blind to earn a Ph.D., studying disability and employment in Nepal. Lamichhane earned his masters degree in special education at the University of Tsukuba in Japan and his bachelor’s degree in education from Tribhuwan University, Mahendra Ratna Campus, in Nepal. He is a native of Chitwan, Nepal. He is a familiar voice on a radio station in Katmandu and has taken tea with the first elected president of his country, Ram Baran Yadav. In 2009, Lamichhane was one of 40 researchers who participated in the Todai Forum at the University of Tokyo on “Disability and Economy: Creating a Society for All.”

At BBI, Lamichhane will collaborate with Director Peter Blanck, other BBI fellows and BBI post-doctoral researchers, to continue his research and share comparative perspectives on disability policy and experiences in Nepal, Japan and the United States. “We are delighted to host Dr. Lamichhane and hope this appointment will lead to further collaboration here in the U.S. and in Nepal,” says Blanck.

BBI is dedicated to 21st century solutions for people with disabilities worldwide. Headquartered in Syracuse, with other offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv, BBI engages in projects on civil rights, universal design, employment and entrepreneurship, technology innovation and attitudes about disability in traditional and new media. For information, visit or contact Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling at (315) 443-8455 or

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