Biography - Chandima Rajapatirana
Chandima Rajapatirana is a poet, writer and a passionate advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. After 32 years in the US, he and his parents returned to Sri Lanka to establish the E.A.S.E. Foundation (www.easesrilanka.org), of which he is the Co-Founder/Co-President. As a person with non-speaking autism, Chandima works to create “A World Where We All Belong.” Through his writing, documentaries and videos, he has reached beyond Sri Lanka to change the world’s view of autism and its attitude towards disability. His seminal work on Movement Difficulties in Autism was translated into Japanese and published in a resource book for autism in Japan. While in the US he was a sought after presenter at conferences, workshops etc. In Sri Lanka too his presentations on autism are greatly appreciated.
While in the US he was invited as a guest speaker, often to graduate students at several universities including the University of Syracuse.
He was featured in the feature length documentary, “Wretches and Jabberers” directed by academy award winning director Gerardine Wurtzemberg. He was written about in the “Time” magazine as a part of a feature on “Autism.”
His film poem “Hear me Now” was selected to be played at the United Nations headquarters in New York as part of International Day for People with Disabilities in 2015. His book, “Traveler’s Tales – My Journey with Autism,” published in 2015 was one of five short listed for the Gratiaen Award that year.
While he was educated mostly at home he has taken undergraduate classes at Montgomery county community college in Maryland US and at LA Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.
“Finding our voices, “ A dramatic performance of essays written by non-speaking writers done by DJ Savarese . The full version is well worth a look.
Here is a shareable link: https://youtu.be/HzTYKychygI?t=747.
This one starts from 12:27, from Chandima's segment.