I am just back from a pilot project on the (legal) empowerment of people with disabilities in Sri Lanka. It was run by a German non-profit association called “VisAbility.” The association offered two workshops on mixed-abled dance and disability rights in four main places or rather regions of the country for people with and without disabilities coming from remoted areas.
VisAbility intends to make the ability of marginalized people with disabilities visible within the family and society by using mixed-abled dance as a medium to break with stereotypes and thus, to cause change in perspectives (all mixed-abled dance workshop ended with a public performance in town, in some cases it started with a flashmob).
In addition, VisAbility seeks to build self-confidence and trust about the real potential and skills among people with disabilities, family members and society. In order to provide solid possibilities for change in people´s life, VisAbility also offered a workshop on disability rights and social benefits in the country. Moreover, the association has undertaken research in four regions, has started to provide advocacy, and offered legal support and mobility services to houses within this pilot project.
Consequently, as we saw the pressing need to establish a network of paralegals on disability rights in the country, I would highly appreciate any suggestions from you regarding this particular area. I have gone through different training materials so far - however, I would like to receive further insights (if possible) from practitioners on the ground, especially regarding practical training guidance on working with people with disabilities (and their parents) as a paralegal.
Many thanks in advance,