By:Staff WriterColombo (LNW): During the period 06th – 17th June 2023, Project for Promoting Employment Support of Person with Disabilities (ESPD) conducted a training in Japan for the key leaders from Sri Lankan counterparts who are committed to introducing the concept of employment support for persons with disabilities (PWDs) to the Sri Lankan society.
This course focused on visiting a variety of companies and organizations which help workers with disabilities perform well by modifying the workplace environment and ways of work management. This internationally authorized concept, Supported Employment is crucial for promoting employment of PWDs, while it is recognized by few stakeholders in Sri Lanka. Work is not only a measure to gain money but a process of participating in society and advocating dignity and the human rights. The participants are expected to be a leader to introduce these ideas to the Sri Lankan society.
The participants are expected to take initiatives for inter-governmental organization actions for advocating the rights of PWDs and promoting the ESPD programs. By following the action plans developed in the training, Department of Manpower and Employment will try to expand their network with the private sector for the ESPD program, and National Secretariat for Persons with Disabilities will coordinate their program for supporting workers with disabilities with the ESPD program.