LISN පෙරළිය/ Revolution Phase II – Empowerment Project for Visually Impaired University Students

Access to books and other printed contents has been one of the most critical issues with which the blind and visually impaired undergraduates in the state universities of Sri Lanka have been battling for decades. Out of the approximately estimated 800,000 visually impaired persons in Sri Lanka, only as few as 200 youngsters annually get the opportunity to get enrolled in state universities and obtain higher education. Even then, most of them could not perform up to their full potential and excel in their respective academic fields due to the unavailability of information that must be obtained with the aid of accessible books particularly in Sinhala medium.

In order to address this issue, Enable Lanka Foundation together with  the Rotaract Club of University of Colombo, Faculty of Arts and with the first mobile audio book production company in Sri Lanka, with the view to introducing the fully accessible mobile application called LISN which is an application specifically designed to read audio books even in Sinhala medium launched the first Phase of the LISN පෙරළිය/ Revolution on 26 November 2016.

Samsung Sri Lanka and the U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka were the main sponsors of the event.

By completing the second phase of this project, Enable Lanka Foundation was able to cover the two largest National Universities in Sri Lanka and help provide an accessible education to all the visually impaired students in those universities single-handedlyy as a young organization working for persons with disabilities.