“IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD”

“IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY CAN CHANGE THE

WORLD”

The famous children’s book writer, Ms. Sybil Weththasinghe wrote the “Wonder Cristal”,
“Puduma Paliguwa” which was a Guinness World record with the most number of endings
written by children themselves. Children with disabilities were also included in this process.
Celebration of the Guinness World Record was held at the “Nelum Pokuna” Theatre in
March 2020 with the participation of 1200 children.
“Imagination and Creativity can change the World” was published and gifted by Munchee to
all the children for the nation, On the occasion of 2019 word children’s day.
The “Wonder Cristal” or the “Puduma Palinguwa” children’s book written by Sybil
Weththasinghe and sponsored by Ceylon Biscuits PLC was converted into Braille, large print,
audio and accessible e-copies in all three languages by the EFC Specialised Training &
Disability Resource Centre.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Children announcing.
2 Children in the audience.
3 Sybil Weththasinghe on the screen.
4 Sybil Weththasinghe speaking.
5 Guinness World Record.
6 Manique in the audience.
7 Little imaginators on the screen.
8 Showers of blessings when receiving the award.
9 Wonder Cristle cover page.
Manique Gunaratne
Blog: http://efcnetworkondisability.employers.lk/

A GROUP OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES A COURSE OF STUDY IN MICROSOFT WORD

A GROUP OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES A COURSE OF STUDY IN
MICROSOFT WORD
A group of 8 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted and physical
disability) successfully completed a course of study in Microsoft Word at The Employers’
Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre in February 2020.
Since its inception in 1999, the Network on Disability of the Employers’ Federation of
Ceylon (EFC) has taken strides, notably in the fields of ICT training, language and skills
training and economic empowerment. The ICT Training Centre of the EFC which was
launched in 2009 with the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is the
nucleus of the Network on Disability. Embracing the vision of ‘productive employment
through social harmony’, its objective is to develop the employability skills of persons with
diverse disabilities in the country.
Under the guidance of Ms. Manique Gunaratne, it has benefited school leavers, job seekers,
undergraduates and those employed from all corners of the Island.
The Training Centre fully equipped with devices specially designed for persons with
disabilities and other software, also collaborates with Curtin University of Technology in
Australia and SLIIT (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology) Malabe.
The Training Centre conducts 23 courses for persons with disabilities.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
Group photograph.
Manique Gunaratne
FaceBook – Manique Gunaratne

NATIONAL YOUTH DIALOGUE ON LEADERSHIP INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP INCLUDES PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

NATIONAL YOUTH DIALOGUE ON LEADERSHIP
INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP INCLUDES
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
The UNDP organized the “National Youth Dialogue on Leadership Innovation and
Entrepreneurship” to develop entrepreneurship skills of youth in Sri Lanka in February 2020.
The programme was held at the BMICH. EFC trainees with diverse disabilities were also
included in the programme. UNDP together with the EFC Specialised Training & Disability
Resource Centre implemented the “Technopreneurship for Social Change” programme in
2019 to develop entrepreneurship Skills of persons with disabilities.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Trainees with sign language interpreter.
2 Trainees.
3 Trainees with UN Vollunteers.
4 Trainees.
5 Trainees.
Manique Gunaratne
Skype – manique.g

DEVELOPING ENTREPRENEURSHIP SKILLS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

DEVELOPING ENTREPRENEURSHIP SKILLS FOR
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Disabilities vary widely in type, severity, stability, duration and time of onset. These
characteristics influence individual capacities and willingness to become entrepreneurs and to
sustain such a status. Self-employment is appropriate for many in this population because it
can provide more flexibility than paid employment in terms of workload, work schedule and
work location, which can allow for better management of disability and lifestyle. Efforts are
needed to increase awareness about the desirability and feasibility of entrepreneurship by
people experiencing disabilities, both among disabled and non-disabled populations. There is
some evidence that targeted entrepreneurship training and start-up support programmes can
be effective for disabled people, but they are expensive to deliver and the size of the target
group will not always justify separate provision. There is strong potential to adapt existing
training and start-up programmes to the needs of persons with disability. Business advisors
should be ready to recommend self-employment as a career option to the people with
disability, longer support should be available if necessary, adapted formats (such as sign
language and Braille) should be used, and language should be adapted to the realities of the
clients. Partnerships between business support organisations and specialist disabled support
organisations can also help.
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre
implements several programmes to develop Entrepreneurship Skills of people with
disabilities. The Training Centre started a new course of study in Cookery for Entrepreneurs
with disabilities in February 2020. The trainings are conducted by Ms. Mahila
Wickramasekera . Women with diverse disabilities (multiple disability and learning
disability) will be trained in Cookery to start up their own businesses.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Training session.
2 Conducting the training.
3 Participants.
Manique Gunaratne
Web: www.employers.lk

PETRELEX HEARING AID MOBILE APP

PETRELEX HEARING AID MOBILE APP

Dialog Axiata PLC together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training
& Disability Resource Centre supported hard of hearing persons to hear well through a
mobile app in February 2020. EFC hard of hearing trainees were thrilled with joy when they
could hear well through this mobile app instead of the hearing aid. This mobile app will
support them to to enhance their employability skills and improve their educational level.

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Hearing impaired trainees using the app.
2 Tharusha explaining the app.
Manique Gunaratne
E-mail – maniqueg@empfed.lk manique.g@gmail.com

AUSTRALIAN AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GRADUATES WITH DISABILITIES

AUSTRALIAN AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR
GRADUATES WITH DISABILITIES
Do you want to be a leader in your field and make a difference in Sri Lanka? Australia
Awards Scholarships are your opportunity to gain a world class education and become an
emerging leader for development with strong links to Australia. EFC Specialised Training &
Disability Resource Centre opened the doors to graduates with disabilities to develop their
career with a Master’s degree in Australia. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together
with the Australia Awards team conducted a training on how to apply for the scholarship in
February 2020. An Australia Awards Scholarship provides with the opportunity to gain an
internationally recognised qualification from an Australian university. Career of persons with
disabilities will benefit from new knowledge, leadership skills and the links they create both
in Australia and through the global alumni network. On their return home they can make a
vital contribution to the economic and social development of Sri Lanka. This will support to
create an environment with dignity and justice for all persons with disabilities.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Participants.
2 Participants.
3 Conducting the session.
Manique Gunaratne
Fax – 0094112867946

PROMOTING ASSISTIVE DEVICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

PROMOTING ASSISTIVE DEVICES FOR PERSONS WITH
DISABILITIES
EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre develop, promote and train persons
with diverse disabilities in assistive devices. In February 2020 A team from Dialog Axiata
discussed the possibilities of promoting assistive devices to make reasonable accommodation
and make persons with disabilities equally capable as persons with non-disabilities. This will
enable them to develop their employability skills.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
Team members
Manique Gunaratne
Mobile – 0094779571918

MICROSOFT EXCEL FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

MICROSOFT EXCEL FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
The EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre started a course of study in
Microsoft Excel for a group of 15 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially
sighted, deaf and hard of hearing, physical disabilities, wheel chair users, multiple disabilities
and persons with learning disabilities) in January 2020.
Since its inception in 1999, the Network on Disability of the Employers’ Federation of
Ceylon (EFC) has taken strides, notably in the fields of ICT training, language and skills
training and economic empowerment. The ICT Training Centre of the EFC which was
launched in 2009 with the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is the
nucleus of the Network on Disability. Embracing the vision of ‘productive employment
through social harmony’, its objective is to develop the employability skills of persons with
diverse disabilities in the country.
Under the guidance of Ms. Manique Gunaratne, it has benefited school leavers, job seekers,
undergraduates and those employed from all corners of the Island.
The Training Centre fully equipped with devices specially designed for persons with
disabilities and other software, also collaborates with Curtin University of Technology in
Australia and SLIIT (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology) Malabe. The programs
are also recognized by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) and
within the EFC membership.
The Training Centre conducts 23 courses for persons with disabilities.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Manique conducting the session with sign language interpretation.


2 Group photograph.


Manique Gunaratne
Tel. – 0094117801801

ACCESS TO INFORMATION – MAKE YOUR DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR ALL

ACCESS TO INFORMATION – MAKE YOUR DOCUMENTS
AVAILABLE FOR ALL
The Specialized Training and Disability Resource Centre of the Employers’ Federation of
Ceylon is pleased to inform you that we are undertaking assignments with regards to the
preparation of communication materials such as Leaflets, Brochures, Flyers, Notices etc. in
Braille, Large print, audio, accessible e-copies, and sign language in all three languages at a
nominal fee.
Access to public information is a basic human right. For corporates, by making such
information and communication about your products and services available for your
customers or employees with diverse disabilities in accessible formats will be an impactful
exercise. For further details please contact Manique Gunaratne on maniqueg@empfed.lk or
on 0779571918.
The “Wonder Cristal” or the “Puduma Palinguwa” children’s book written by Sibil
Weththasinghe and sponsored by Ceylon Biscuits PLC was converted into Braille, large
print, audio and accessible e-copies in all three languages by the EFC Specialised
Training & Disability Resource Centre in January 2020. It was a Guinness World
record with the most number of endings written by children themselves.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
Manique handing over the “Puduma Palinguwa” books in accessible formats to the
officials of Ceylon Biscuits PLC.
Manique Gunaratne
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,
385 J3 Old Kotte Road,
Rajagiriya,
Sri Lanka.