Facts and Figures

Research shows very clearly that even amongst people with disabilities, people with intellectual disabilities are one of the most marginalised groups in Sri Lankan society.  Children with intellectual disability are the least likely to be in school and the most likely to drop out before primary education is complete.  Adults with intellectual disabilities are the most likely to be unemployed and the least likely to be receiving any form of vocational training.  Families with a child or adult with intellectual disability are likely to be living below the poverty line.  I.D.E School seeks to change this in some small way by giving children an education and equipping them with the skills needed to live independently and to be included within their communities.  Through our work with parents we will also seek to work with society in order to change attitudes towards children with disabilities.  We hope to expand our awareness raising work in the future. 

Number of teachers and teaching assistants at I.D.E School



Number of students at I.D.E School



Number of visiting therapists at I.D.E School



Average annual cost of one child’s education at I.D.E School


$1,000 - $1,500 (depending on therapies)

Average annual expenditure of I.D.E School



Average annual income of I.D.E School (donations and parents contributions)



Approx. % of primary school children with disabilities NOT in school in Sri Lanka



% of adults with intellectual disability who have received ANY form of education



% of households living on less than $2 a day in Sri Lanka


45.3% (in 1999)

% of households containing an adult with intellectual disability, living on less than $2 a day


84% (in 2003)

Employment rate for adults with intellectual disability in Sri Lanka



Employment rate for general population in Sri Lanka



% of adults with intellectual disabilities receiving skills training




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