The Visually Challenged in Sri Lanka - A Monograph Based on A Research Project of Quality of Life and Employability Potential of Persons with Visual Impairment and Blindness in Sri Lanka

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This monograph is aimed at providing an overview of the key research findings related to a comprehensive research project focusing on the life of people with visual impairment and blindness in Sri Lanka, to the general readership. This World Bank-funded project was steered by a team of three Professors and several experts attached to the Business School of SLIIT-UNI (, the leading non-state university in Sri Lanka. Over 30 research articles have been published in reputed international and local journals and conferences, based on this research.

Empowering people with visual impairment and blindness, socially, economically, and otherwise, is the overall theme behind this study. Given that the general public has a major role to play in matters related to empowering people with visual impairment and blindness, disseminating these research findings among the community, in general, is of crucial importance. Written in simpler language, going beyond the academic jargon and style, this collection of 13 essays covers diverse but closely relevant topics. Though this research focused on Sri Lanka, its applicability might not be country specific.  Findings of this study would pave the way for realizing the Sustainability Development Goals of the United Nations.

About the Author: Theekshana Suraweera is a professor and the founder Dean of the Business School of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT). Being a senior academic, researcher and a writer, with long years of experience in both in local and international arena, he initiated and headed this World Bank funded comprehensive research project (2019-2022) on ‘quality of life and employability potential of persons with visual impairment and blindness.’

Shyam Dissanayake, who is an author of two novels in English, both award -nominated, took a key role in compiling this monograph. He has long experience in industry and University teaching.

Samanthi Bandara is a social science researcher and an academic specializing in Health Economics. As a senior research manager, she contributed immensely towards successful completion of the World Bank Assisted AHEAD project on the quality of life and employability potential of persons with visual impairment and blindness in Sri Lanka.

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: White Falcon Publishing; 1 edition (2023)
  • Author: Theekshana Suraweera, Shyam Dissanayake, Samanthi Bandara
  • ISBN-13: 9781636409320
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 Inches

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