In Sri Lanka, the disability organisations that receive support via MyRight are working on issues relating to schooling and health. The organisations are also working to increase knowledge among the general public and decision-makers about disabilities and what it means to live with a disability.
Sri Lanka has not ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The partner organisations have therefore been working to make decision-makers more aware of how they can change legislation and reforms to include an integrated disability perspective.
The joint activities in Sri Lanka are coordinated by the disability rights movement’s umbrella organisation DOJF, which was established in 2001. A key result of the advocacy work is that the disability rights movement’s proposed legislation on the right to sign language has been adopted by Parliament. In order to improve the way the police communicate with deaf persons, the organisation for deaf persons CFD has conducted training with the police authorities in the north-west province. Since then, several deaf persons have reported a positive difference in their contact with the police.
The disability rights movement has also responded to consultations on a proposed national Act on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the government has accepted the comments and proposals that the disability rights movement put forward.
The drive to increase access to textbooks has also proved a great success. After many years of lobbying, the organisations for visually impaired people, SLNFVH and SLFVH, have convinced the Education Ministry to improve production of schoolbooks in Braille. By 2016, all pupils with impaired vision are expected to have access to all textbooks in Braille, in both Sinhala and Tamil.
Office in Sri Lanka
Asanga Ruwan Perrera
Phone: +94 715 306 763
33 Raja Mawatha Road
Ratmalana, Sri Lanka
Partner organizations in Sri Lanka
- DOJF – Disability Organisations Joint Front
- APRD – Association of Persons with Rheumatic Diseases
- SLFRD – Sri Lanka Foundation of the Rehabilitation of the Disabled