Disabled people’s organisations

Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are important for both networking and awareness raising at local level.

Each Divisional Secretary division (local government) has one such DPO which meets one in three months to discuss and address issues related to disabled people’s needs in order to bring them to the notice of government authorities or other developmental agencies working in the area.

Navajeevana has been instrumental in establishing DPOs across the Hambantota and Matara districts in Sri Lanka. These DPOs are an important aspect of Sri Lankan civil society, in which people with disabilities have an outlet for their views and concerns. Navajeevana believes that these outlets are essential for achieving the rights of people with disabilities.