A research team from the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) planned to conduct a comprehensive research project aimed at investigating quality of life and employability potential of visually impaired persons in Sri Lanka.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon participated at this information sharing session.

This research aims to address three knowledge areas with respect to managerial and socio-economic implications of Visually Impaired Persons in Sri Lanka. The broad objectives are:

To determine the current status of prevalence of Visually Impaired Persons and the scope of the service provision toward empowering them and support their social inclusion in Sri Lanka. This attempt is aimed at exploring the extent of service gaps and their unmet need.

To develop and validate a comprehensive instrument for determining their quality of life as applicable to socio-economic standards and cultural dimensions prevailing in Sri Lanka. This could lead to examine how far securing employment would result in enhancing their quality of life.

To develop a mapping model of their employability potential and the job market opportunities. This exercise is attempted taking into account the possessed and impartible skills of Visually Impaired Persons in Sri Lanka and the potential job roles apposite to them.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique and Ayasana.

2 Participants at the meeting.

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member – Disability Organisations’ Joint Front



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