YES Programs



Alumni Support the Deaf Community in Thailand

Tha Edeaf Group take a large group photo while signing "YES"

Yutthakrit Chalermthai (YES ’09), founder of EDeaf: Education for the Deaf, and U.S. Embassy Bangkok, in partnership with Sahamongkol Film and SF World Cinema, hosted an “EDeaf Film Showcase” on April 30, featuring a screening of the OSCAR award winning movie “CODA.”

Tha Edeaf Film Group pose for a photo

Over a hundred deaf students, U.S. exchange alumni, and EDeaf volunteer teachers attended the screening. The EDeaf Film Showcase aims to honor the achievements of the deaf community in the American film industry, teach audiences about integration, and highlight the challenges that deaf individuals experience on a daily basis. 

Additionally, the program included a YES program alumnus who is deaf, Mr. Chayakorn Sakornsatian, who shared his experience living with an American host family and attending a deaf high school in the United States.

Tha Edeaf giving a presentation in sign language

Education for the Deaf is an ongoing project organized and implemented by YES alumni and supported by the U.S. Embassy Bangkok. The program brings together volunteers, teachers and Ministry of Education staff to provide in-class and extracurricular activities supporting students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program aims to promote self-confidence and self-awareness among students who are deaf; build good cooperation between students, parents, schoolteachers, and volunteers; and provide a learning space dedicated to students who are deaf.