Panel Discussion


International Panel Discussion on “Awareness, Inclusiveness, Accessibility in a Changing World; Actively supporting Persons with Disabilities amidst a Dynamic World”

This Panel Discussion represents a progressive initiative which has the potential to make a substantial impact on awareness and positive transformation. This panel discussion seeks to illuminate pathways for advancing awareness, inclusivity, and accessibility in a world undergoing transitions advocating to the following pathways:

  • Promoting awareness among the public, professionals, and policymakers about the challenges faced by PWDs (Persons with Disabilities)
    Enhancing the inclusiveness in all aspects towards a world for PWDs to live with equity and dignity.
  • Advancements in accessibility adapting to the new technologies
  • Emphasizes the need for inclusive immigration policies and services

Round Table Discussion

Dive into Vibrant Conversations: Unleash the Power of Round Table Sessions!
Embark on an immersive journey of insightful discussions during our exclusive Round Table Sessions which are meticulously crafted to serve as a vibrant platform for deep conversations aligned with five compelling themes. This is your golden opportunity to not only share invaluable insights but also to exchange ideas and nurture collaborations in an environment that is both focused and meaningful.

a. “Empowering Equality: Unleashing the Force of Disability Rights, Advocacy, and Intersectionality”
b. “Innovations in Accessibility: Navigating the Frontier of Assistive Technology”
c. “Revolutionizing Well-being: Transformative Dialogues on Health Systems, Services, and Social Protection”
d. “Shaping Futures: The Nexus of Education, Employment, and Entrepreneurship”
e. “Harmony of Mind and Body: A Deep Dive into Mental Health, Well-being, and Self-care”

The Round Table Sessions are not just discussions lasting for 45 minutes; they are the everlasting heartbeat of transformation. Reserve your seat, be a driving force of change, and let the symphony of diverse voices harmonize in creating a future that embraces inclusivity and accessibility. Register now and prepare to be part of something extraordinary!


Mr. Kasunjith Satanarachchi

Workshop Moderator

Mr. Kasunjith Satanarachchi

Independent Disability Rights Advocate

Workshop on “Empowering Change: Diverse Abilities Towards a Barrier-Free Future”

Mr. Kasunjith Satanarachchi is a dedicated advocate for disabled rights, known for his unwavering commitment to promoting inclusivity and equality. As an independent Disabled Rights Advocate, he has actively participated in advocacy efforts aimed at bringing about legislative change to align Sri Lankan laws with the standards outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

His advocacy journey began with involvement in media campaigns advocating for legislative reforms to better protect the rights of persons with disabilities. Recognized for his passion and dedication, Mr. Kasunjith was selected as a disability representative in the Sri Lanka National Youth Parliament, a prestigious platform where he served as the Deputy Minister of International Affairs, amplifying the voices of the disabled community on a national stage.

Mr. Kasunjith’s academic background enriches his advocacy work, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Staffordshire University (GBR). His legal expertise provides him with a solid foundation to navigate complex legal frameworks and advocate for meaningful policy changes that promote inclusivity and accessibility for all members of society.

Driven by a deep sense of justice and equality, Mr. Kasunjith continues to be a prominent voice in the disability rights movement, tirelessly working to break down barriers and create a more inclusive society for persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka and beyond.


Workshop Moderator

Dr. Thierry Kolpin

Vice President of WDRPA
Kolpin & O’Connor Global Consultants, LLC.)

Workshop on “Mental Health: The Cornerstone of Health and Well-being: Exploring Aspects, Addressing Issues, and Fostering Open Conversations Across Diverse Populations”

Thierry Kolpin received his Ph.D. from Stanford University’s School of Education, with an emphasis in school and community-based counseling psychology. He has taught at several institutions of higher education including Santa Clara University, California State University Long Beach, University of La Verne Regional Campuses, and California Southern University. He has developed and instructed on subjects including counseling, psychology, education, law, and ethics. Dr. Kolpin’s research interests include school counseling perceptions, counseling effectiveness in schools, mindfulness in counseling, and professional development schools, and he has published and presented on research locally and nationally.  He practices part time as a psychologist in the greater Long Beach area, and he is one of the researchers and developers for the Professional Development School Exploration and Assessment (PDSEA) process that several schools and universities have used to determine readiness to engage in school-university partnerships.  Dr. Kolpin volunteers monthly with his wife and three children at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, and enjoys spending time with family and friends (including four-legged ones) at the beach.

Thematic Workshop

Highlighting the theme of WDRC 2024, an insightful Thematic Workshop will be presented, focusing on “Advancing the spectrums of geopolitical, climate, and immigration changes through the avenues of Awareness, Inclusiveness, Accessibility for the Persons with Disabilities in a transitioning world.”, This workshop aims to facilitate a timely and insightful dialogue that aligns with the overarching objectives of the conference.

Workshop on
“Empowering Independence: Navigating Assistive Technologies for Enhanced Accessibility in Daily Life”


A mind-blowing workshop which is designed to empower individuals by exploring the world of assistive technologies. Participants will delve into the latest advancements that enhance accessibility in various aspects of daily life for individuals with diverse abilities. The workshop aims to provide practical insights into the use of assistive technologies, fostering independence and inclusivity. Through hands-on demonstrations and discussions, attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the tools available to improve accessibility and enrich the daily experiences of individuals with disabilities.

“Holistic Well-being Breaks”

This session is inclusively designed to provide participants with rejuvenating moments that prioritize both mental and physical health. These breaks aim to create a supportive environment that recognizes the interconnectedness of well-being and overall productivity.

  • Blissful Moments: Joyful Mindfulness and Well-being Activities
    • Laughter Yoga
      Laughter is a powerful stress-reliever. Engage participants in laughter yoga to combine laughter exercises with yogic deep-breathing techniques.
    • Gratitude Journaling
      Encourage participants to reflect on positive aspects of their lives through gratitude journaling.
    • Dance Meditation
      Guided dance meditation sessions to promote self-expression and emotional release.
    • Mindful Eating Experience
      Encourage participants to savor each bite, paying attention to flavors, textures, and sensations. 

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