The Employment Support for Persons with Disabilities (ESPD) – a project has been launched to support employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, in a joint effort by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Department of Social Services. The project will run from 2021 to 2025.
Initial discussion was held for the project at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, with attendees including Mr. Takashi Shimizu, Mr. Dhammika Wasalabandara, and other ESPD project members on October 13th, 2022. At this meeting, USJ was accepted as an ESPD member company, and was later awarded a Certificate of Appreciation at an event on February 25th, 2023, held at the Kingsbury Hotel.
During the event, four graduates with disabilities received job opportunities with leading private companies. The Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka office, Mr. Yamada Tetsuya, was the chief guest of the event. Other attendees included Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Nelum Kanthilatha, Secretary of the Equal Opportunity Cell/FHSS, and Mr. Kusun Nayanajith, Instructor of the Differently Abled Student Center.