Together with the Centre for Humanitarian Affairs, E.A.S.E. Foundation screened 'Deej', an award-winning movie filmed over several years which offers a thought-provoking glimpse into the world of DJ Savarese, who has non-speaking autism. The movie was followed by a discussion moderated by EASE Foundation Co-Founder Anoja Rajapatirana.
Traveler’s tales not about slogging through jungles or sailing across uncharted seas. I am a traveler ebulliently engaged on a unique journey between worlds: between the quirky world of autism that I inhabit and the wearying world of “normal” that I would like to explore.
Chandima Rajapatirana presenting his book 'Traveler's Tales- My Journey with Autism' to President Maithripala Sirisena. This book details Chandima's experiences with autism and his thoughts on disability. It was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize, 2015. "The essays are filled with ideas that teachers and families will find incredibly useful and allies of those with autism will find renewing and hopeful' Prof. Douglas Biklen, Emeritus Dean, School of Education, Syracuse University
To be treated as sentient, intelligent, competent people is a novel experience for the children who come to us and nothing is more empowering than that. But we do more than that. They and their families are respected and valued by E.A.S.E Our advocacy program insists that people with disabilities belong in mainstream life.
E.A.S.E. Foundation held its first free medical camp for people with disabilities and their parents residing in the Malabe area on 28th January 2017. Services provided included blood pressure testing, blood sugar testing, counselling, physiotherapy, vision testing and dentistry. The camp served an unmet need to provide medical care, particularly for parents who invest significant time in caring for their children and consequentially neglect their own health.
Chandima Rajapatirana, Co-founder of E.A.S.E. Foundation, was one of eight recipients of the Susewabhimani Award 2017. The recognition was bestowed for “Outstanding Contribution to the Community” by the Social Services Department of the Western Province in Sri Lanka in appreciation of Chandima’s book “Traveler’s Tales – My Journey with Autism” which provides a vivid first-hand perspective on living with autism, furthering understanding and support of individuals with disabilities.