The policy aims to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities and to provide them with opportunities for contributing their knowledge, experience and skills to national development of Sri Lanka.
The policy consists of two parts. Part One provides the rationale underlying policy formulation, containing its scope, underlying socio-economic considerations, barriers that exclude people with disabilities from the socio-economic mainstream, and the resources available for policy implementation. Among the aspects covered are access to training, education and employment for disabled persons (Part I, Section II.3).
Part Two lists the guiding principles which provide the policy framework and describes 26 policy areas which it addresses. Among the policy areas discussed are strategies for achieving equal opportunity in mainstream vocational training and skills development for persons with disabilities (Part II, Section VI.2). For each policy area, policy statements are made and strategies for their achievement are listed. The policy promotes community-based rehabilitation and engaging social partners in policy implementation.