The CCSD has as its guiding philosophy the evolving concept of disability with the underpinnings of a rights-based model, championing the rights of students with disabilities to access higher education. It is strengthened by the articulation of the rights of persons with disabilities within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), ratified by the Sri Lankan government in February 2016 and the Fundamental Rights Chapter (III) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka, Article 12 (4) which provides for the possibility of “special provisions” for women, children and persons with disabilities.