PROMOTING ACCESSIBLE TAXI SERVICE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Finding an accessible taxi app and a transport service is a problem for persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka. Public transport networks in the city are inaccessible and private vehicles on the whole are inadequate and expensive for wheelchairs. Manique Gunaratne together with the app developers of a well-known taxi service are working on how to make the taxi mobile app accessible for vision impaired, partially sighted and hearing-impaired persons. They are also exploring the possibilities of promoting a special care service for persons with disabilities with trained taxi drivers and accessible vehicles.

 

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1 Manique and Malaka to expand the services to persons with disabilities.

Manique Gunaratne

Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDERGRADUATES WITH DISABILITIES

CIC Educational & Charitable Trust granted scholarships for two EFC partially sighted trainees from the Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre. The undergraduates were from University of Kelaniya and University of Colombo.

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1 Udara receiving the scholarship from Manique.

2 Gayani receiving the scholarship from Manique

Manique Gunaratne

Advisory Board Member – 18+ Alliance for Care Leavers (SOS Children’s Village)

 

ASSISTIVE DEVICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

An EFC trainee received a pair of artificial legs in October 2019 with the support of an EFC member company. The trainee was trained at the EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre to develop his employability skills and was placed at Shangri-La Hotel. This pair of artificial legs will support him to perform his duties with maximum perfection.

 

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1 Nalinda with the artificial legs.

2 Nalinda with the artificial legs.

3 Nalinda with the artificial legs.

4 Video of Nalinda

Manique Gunaratne

Committee Member – SPRINT Committee of Family Planning Association

ASIA PACIFIC CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM 2019

The Asia Pacific Civil Society Forum was held at Nauvo City Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2019. Ms. Manique Gunaratne together with women with disabilities of Mobility International USA (MIUSA) from the Asian region were able to raise their voice at the Civil Society Forum.

 

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1.At a session for women with disabilities.

 

(Honoured, Deshabandu) Ms. H.K. Manique Gunaratne

 

BEIJING+25 REGIONAL CSO FORUM

Ms. Manique Gunaratne together with MIUSA (Mobility International USA) women with disabilities from the Asian region   attended the Beijing+25 Regional CSO Forum, at the UNESCAP, United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2019. The forum was organised by the Asia-Pacific Beijing+25 Civil Society Steering Committee with support from UN Women’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. The Beijing+25 review process begins in 2019 and will culminate in a global review at the 64th Session of the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2020. The global review will

highlight the achievements and barriers to the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). It will also provide an opportunity to look at emerging issues which

have served to restrict women’s enjoyment of their rights.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne was a panelist at the side event on “Intersectionality: how to make it real” mainstreaming women with disabilities and their diverse realities organised by Rising Flames.

The “Brilliant & Resilient” photo exhibition by MIUSA was also held at the United Nations Conference Centre.

 

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1 Group photograph.

 

2 Group of women with disabilities.

3 Group with the UN Logo.

4 Manique at the United Nations Conference Centre.

5 Manique at the CSO Forum.

6 Manique with the banner.

7 Manique with the photo at the photo exhibition.

8 Manique with the UN logo.

9 Sri Lankan participants.

10 Manique at the United Nations Conference Centre entrance.

11 At the conference.

12 Manique at the panel discussion.

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member – Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter

MIUSA WILD ASIA STRATEGIC PLANNING FORUM

Mobility International USA is an international exchange organization that has sponsored educational exchange and leadership training programs since 1981, to improve the lives of people with disabilities around the world. Ms. Manique Gunaratne participated in MIUSA’s Regional Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) – Asia program, as a Trainer at Pulman King Power Hotel  in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2019. Women with disabilities from China, India, Nepal, Mongolia, Thailand and Sri Lanka participated at this forum.

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1 Participants at table.

2 Participants at table.

3 Group photograph of participants.

4 Group photographs with interpreters.

5 Manique with Susan with the certificate.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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STUDY ON INNOVATION FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING AMONG PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN SRI LANKA

 

Manique Gunaratne is a member of the LIRNEasia advisory board for disability research cycle, through which they hope to catalyze the innovation ecosystems that will make applications based on smartphones and other ICTs widely available to contribute to independent living by persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka.

 

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1 Group photograph.

2 Research group.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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