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VisAbility e.V.

We work to promote inclusion by building the capacity of disabled artists and provide an opportunity for audiences to engage with performances by them. We seek to promote greater understanding enabling social change, cohesion, progress, and enhancing our common understanding and humanity through creativity.

Our Global Arts and Disability programme offers international cultural connections and experiences that are designed to strengthen the resilience of persons with disabilities. We facilitate the creation of disability arts networks and assist in the development of skills for organisations around the world to support artists. 

We have provided a grant to VisAbility e.V. where they will use the arts (in this case, dance) to promote inclusive development for people with disabilities by challenging and changing community perceptions through Mixed-Abled Dance Workshops and Disability Rights Workshops. They will also work with Universities of Essex and Coventry for research on the impact. They have also received partnership funding from the Schmitz Foundation. 

In phase 1, during 2019, 67 mixed-abled participants in Vavunathivu and Paddipalai (Batticaloa District) and Puttur East (Jaffna District) where trained and public performances engaged with an audience of 500 – 600 across the 3 districts.  

In phase 2 which is on-going, 20+ trainers will be trained who will then go back to their communities and cascade their learning. 

Choreographer and dancer Mahesh Umagiliya, the country rep for VisAbility e.V. was the Sri Lankan delegate for the UNLIMITED 2019 Arts and Disability Festival at the Southbank Centre, London. 

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VisAbility e.V.

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VisAbility e.V.

In October 2016 we facilitated the Process of Play project between Sunera Foundation and Graeae Theatre Company UK to develop skills of local organisations working with disabled persons. The purpose of the project was to support the inclusion, empowerment and dignity of deaf and disabled persons by using the arts to build understanding and tolerance, for creative exploration and developing skills. 

The Graeae Theatre Company UK led by Jenny Sealy, the artistic director who herself is deaf, trained 30 trainers from the Sunera Foundation. It was a threefold project working with trainers/practitioners, disabled participants and parents.

The 30 disabled participants were an integral part of the project where trainers and the disabled participants jointly took part in activities to rediscover their creativity, build their confidence and ability to play. The project also worked with the parents of the disabled, to support their continued learning when in their care. It was implemented in Colombo and Kandy.

The CEO and founder Sunethra Bandaranaike and a trainer from Sunera Foundation along with theatre director Jehan Aloysius were the Sri Lankan delegates for the UNLIMITED 2014 Arts and Disability Festival at the Southbank Centre, London.