Rehabilitation of the Visually Handicapped Trust Fund
Visually Handicapped Persons living in Sri Lanka are citizens who should receive special attention of all. When facts were represented to the late President R. Premadasa he issued directions to prepare a special program to rehabilitate visually impaired persons in the country.
As a sequel to this direction an Act of Parliament No. 09 of 1992 to establish a fund for visually impaired persons was passed by parliamentary of the Domestic Republic of Sri Lanka. This was published as a Gazette Notification on 6th March 1992. The mission of this Fund us to relieve persons from visual impairment and rehabilitate accordingly.
The objective of this fund is to provide equal opportunities to visually impaired persons and take action according to the rules approved by the Assembly if the United Nation.
- Upliftment of Awareness
- Medical Protection
- Proper Access Facilities
- Generation of Income
- Family Life and Personality
- Provide facilities for vocational training education to visually impaired persons.
- Provide guidance and financial assistance for self employment when necessary and employment opportunities for visually impaired persons.
- Provide opportunities to follow scholarly courses and vocational training.
- Implementation of proposals for the welfare of visually impaired persons.
- Provide marketing facilities for articles produced by visually impaired persons.
- Action to remove and obstacles that would prevent visually impaired persons exercising equal rights and opportunities.
Services Provided Under the Fund
- Provision of assistance to maintain sports activities and its development.
- Provision of assistance to cultural activities.
- Provision of financial assistance to visually impaired undergraduates.
- Provision of financial assistance to visually impaired G.C.E. Advance Level students.
- Provision of financial assistance to school children (non visual impaired) of visual impaired persons.
- Provision of eye lenses to persons with low income.
- Provision of medical assistance for protection of blindness.
- Implement rehabilitation programmes for visually impaired persons.
- Maintaining welfare canter for visually impaired women.
- Paying consultancy allowance for conducting training on mobility and orientation.
- Provision of assistance for self employment.