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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2859

Felicitation for the SL team who took part at the International Abylimpics

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 30 November, ( Abilympics is an event that is held to give an opportunity for people with disabilities to demonstrate their vocational skills at a global level. A four member team from Sri Lanka participated at this event for the first time with the support and blessings from the Ministry of Social Services and Welfare. Development with Disabled Network, Handicap International and Practical Action too collaborated for representing Sri Lanka in this event.

The Sri Lankan team of four comprised of W. S. Surangani Alwis from Horana in Colombo district who participated in advanced dress making competition, K.Ranjith from Walsamulla in the wood carving competition ; K. G. Nihal Jayarathna on tailoring competition; L.P. Ananda from Suriyawwewa on electronic assembling and testing competition. Twenty nine year old W. S. Surangani Alwis from Horana who participated in advance dress making with her physically handicapped condition works as an instructor of Sukhitha Welfare Society school which provides vocational trainings to the students with disabilities.

K.K Ranjith thirty nine year old is physically handicapped yet engages in wood carving and furniture making as a profession. Twenty nine year old K. G. Nihal Jayarathna too is physically handicapped yet engages in tailoring. The youngest in this group the twenty three year old L.P Ananda engages in electronic assembling. The Sri Lankan team and the representatives got an excellent opportunity to learn about universal designs (infrastructure and machinery that suits anybody regardless of the fact whether you are aged or disabled) and compete with many others from Asian countries.

A felicitation and an experience sharing of the Sri Lankan team participated at the Abiliympics is being organized on the 03rd of December 2007 by Practical Action in collaboration with the Development with Disabled Network at 5 p.m at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo 07 .

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