President Gotabaya Rajapaksa toured the different section of the Ayati Centre, the country’s first national centre for those with special needs, after opening it and discussed many issues of the field with the staff.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday opened the country’s first national centre, Ayati Centre, to cater to those with special needs. The centre assists children with special needs improving their quality of life, changing the mindset of people towards those with disabilities, promoting acceptance and extending the services to rural areas.

“I was privileged to declare open “Ayati Centre” – first National Centre for differently-abled children.

I am confident it will enable early detection and continuous intervention to improve the lives of these innocent children and allow them to achieve their fullest potential,” the President remarked on twitter.

He described Ayati centre as an example of public-private partnership towards a national cause of supporting differently-abled children. “In Sri Lanka 20 per cent of children are having a mental or physical disability and this Centre will provide free therapy for such children. I applaud this worthy initiative.”

The Ayati Trust Sri Lanka is a charity incorporated between the University of Kelaniya, Hemas Holdings and MAS Holdings. An eminent and well respected Board of Trustees has been appointed to ensure the long term sustainability of the efforts of the trust.

The University of Kelaniya’s Faculty of Medicine and the private sector come together along with the Ayati Trust to find a long-term, sustainable solution for children with disabilities across Sri Lanka.

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