May 31, 2024

Empowering Young Disabled Leaders, Association of Women with DisabilitiesHosts Successful Leadership Training

In a landmark initiative to foster leadership among young girls and boys with disabilities, the Association
of Women with Disabilities recently conducted a three-day leadership training program from March 4th
to March 6th, 2024. The event, held at the picturesque Nice Place Resort in Sigiriya, marked a significant
step forward in promoting inclusivity and empowerment within the disabled community.

The program catered to both young girls and boys with disabilities, along with members of their parents’
association, recognizing the pivotal role of family support in nurturing leadership skills. Two officers
representing The Asia Foundation also participated in this program.

Throughout the program, participants engaged in interactive workshops, discussions, and skill-building
exercises tailored to enhance their leadership potential. Topics ranged from effective communication and
advocacy to project management and self-empowerment strategies. Practical sessions were
complemented by inspiring talks from accomplished individuals within the disability rights movement,
offering role models and insights into overcoming challenges.

, The project manager of the Association of Women with Disabilities Mr. Chaminda Premathilake,
expressed his satisfaction with the program’s outcomes, stating, “Empowering our youth with disabilities
is not just a goal; it’s a responsibility. This training represents a crucial step towards creating a more
inclusive and equitable society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.”

The success of this leadership training program underscores the importance of proactive initiatives in
empowering marginalized communities and building a more inclusive society. As participants return to
their communities with newfound skills and confidence, the ripple effects of this program are poised to
create lasting positive change.

3 days residential leadership training program for 20 new members selected for AKASA Youth Organization and AKASA Parents’ organization


“Nice Place Resort” invested Rs 700,000 in disability access improvements to rooms, restaurants, and pools, ensuring a welcoming environment for all. Our program benefits from their commitment to accessibility and hospitality. 

Their dedication to making our program accessible for all participants exemplifies true hospitality and sets a commendable standard for others in the industry to follow. We are deeply thankful for your generosity and for creating an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued. Their efforts have undoubtedly enriched the experiences of all who visit your resort.

Accessible ramp to the rooms, to the restaurant and to the swimming pool