Disability includes varying degrees of Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, Cognitive, physical, Visual and Hearing Impairments .Children with disabilities have individual, innate strengths and talent through which they can contribute positively to society. It is with this understanding that Ayati (meaning ‘Hope’ in Sanskrit) was setup, to help significantly improve their quality of life and independence, and provide them with the opportunity to develop and blossom into their full potential. This will help these children become included into mainstream society and have a significant impact on the lives of these children, their families and society at large.
Ayati is a long term national initiative which has three main aims.
- Operating and maintaining a National Centre for children with disabilities
- Changing the mindset of the public to eliminate any stigma and promote acceptance of children with disabilities
- Extending the services to the rural areas of Sri Lanka in time to come
Ayati Trust Sri Lanka is a charitable trust incorporated between the University of Kelaniya, a state university in Sri Lanka and Hemas Holdings and MAS Holdings. An eminent and well respected Board of Trustees has been appointed to ensure the long term sustainability of the efforts of the trust.
Together with the esteemed Sri Lanka Army, and respected entities such as Triad and MICD as well as internationally reputed organisation Ernest and Young, our board of trustees create a solid foundation backed by various expertise that will prove beneficial in taking Ayati to greater heights.
Enabling children with disabilities to reach their unique potential.
Ensuring equal access to education, healthcare, social participation and future employment for children with disabilities in Sri Lanka.
WHY SUPPORT AYATI
Ayati Trust is a national charity involving The Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya and the private sector coming together to find a long-term, sustainable solution for children with disabilities across Sri Lanka.
Disability is a large and growing issue which is often left an unapproached subject in Sri Lanka. An estimated 20% of children in Sri Lanka have some form of mental or physical disability. These children and their families are frequently subjected to myths and negative stereotyping which often results in parents keeping their child hidden from the world without seeking the proper intervention. This results in the child retreating into themselves and becoming even more socially unskilled.
It is the right of all children to have access to healthcare, education and social participation.
Research has shown that through early detection and intervention a child’s mental and physical state can be significantly improved.
However currently, there is a lack of awareness and access to professional help. Desperate parents are often sent from place to place with nowhere to turn to.
WHAT WE DO
We are currently in the process of constructing the first National Centre for children with disabilities in Sri Lanka. This will also be equipped and run by the Trust with Medical Expertise being provided by the University of Kelaniya Faculty of Medicine.
We are educating public and others to address the issue of negative stereotypes in our society related to disability.
Spectrum of Disabilities that are addressed at the Ayati Centre
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Behavior and conduct disorders
- Language and communication difficulties
- Learning disability including dyslexia
- Feeding difficulties
- Infants at risk requiring early intervention
- Cerebral palsy
- Cognitive impairment
- Syndromic conditions including Down Syndrome
- Visual impairment including CVI
- Hearing impairment
- Children who need psychological support
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Donate towards the construction and running of this centre that can make a significant difference to the lives and future of children with disabilities in our country.
Be a part of the movement to be more inclusive towards children and people with disabilities and help them have equal access to healthcare, education and social participation.