Dr. Pammi Raghavendra

Associate Professor in Disability and Community Inclusion
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Flinders University, Australia

Topic: “Digital Inclusion or Digital Divide? Using Internet and Mobile Technologies to Enhance Communication and Social Participation of People with Disabilities”


Dr. Pammi Raghavendra is an Associate Professor in Disability and Community Inclusion, College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. She is a speech pathologist with significant clinical, research and teaching experience in the area of augmentative and alternative communication for children and adults with disabilities. Her current research focuses on investigating the impact of mobile technologies on communication and social networks of young people and adults with disabilities. She has published extensively and has several grants in these areas. She has international experience through her studies and work in India, Singapore, the USA, Sweden and Australia.

Sanjeewa Tunpattu

Chief Physiotherapist/ Lecturer in Physiotherapy
National Hospital of Sri Lanka
Coordinating Secretary (International Affairs)
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Sri Lanka

Sanjeewa Tunpattu is a senior physiotherapist of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. He graduated from the School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy and the Open University of Sri Lanka. He has completed trainings in life support for physically disabled of the International University of Health and Welfare, Japan, teaching for health professionals of the National Institute of Health Sciences and stroke rehabilitation of the Sri Lanka School of Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Tunpattu has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Peradeniya, University of Colombo and School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Sri Lanka. He has been a consultant on exercises and physical activities to the Japan International Cooperation Agency and an editor of the educational program for rehabilitation professionals of Handicap International. He is a member of research team of the National Intensive Care Surveillance, Sri Lanka.

Tunpattu has been the secretary of the Sri Lanka Society of Physiotherapy and the representative for the World Confederation for Physical Therapy since 2005. He has contributed as a panelist, symposium speaker and session chair in international conferences including World congress in Physical Therapy. He has been a resource person for the programs conducted by the Youth, Elderly and Persons with disabilities Unit of the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.

He has attended and presented papers at international conferences and meetings on physiotherapy, rehabilitation and health education in, India, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. He has published scientific papers and articles in national and international journals, books and magazines. He is an author of the several books and educational DVDs on physiotherapy, exercises and physical activities for a healthy life. His work on assistive technology has been recognized by the World Health Organization.