More people around the world than ever before are studying and learning English because it has become the international language of education and business. In Sri Lanka the knowledge of English Language Communication Skills among persons with disabilities are very low. Therefore, it is very difficult to place persons with disabilities in employment in the private sector. Our aim is to promote learning and support education and professional development for people with diverse disabilities. We work hard to help learners pursue their dreams of higher education or getting a good job in English-speaking environments. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre started a course of study in English Language Communication Skills for 15 persons with diverse (vision impaired, low vision, hearing impaired, hard of hearing, speech difficulties and persons with physical disabilities) disabilities. The trainings will be conducted by a team from the British Welfare Group, Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera. The trainees will be trained in conversational ability utilizing the four skills — listening, speaking, reading and writing according to an international syllabus.


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Manique Gunaratne

Mobile – 0094779571918


In December 2011 Certificates were awarded to 30 trainees of the I.C.t. training centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. The function was held at Hotel Ceylon Continental. The Chief Guests were the Minster of Labour relations and man power and the Minister of Home affairs. After awarding the certificates there was a job fair. This training centre was started in August 2009. “Derana” TV channel, MTV TV channel and “Sirasa” TV channel showed this occasion in their news bulletin. The “Daily Mirror”, “Daily News”, “Daily FT”, “Sunday Times” and “Divayina” news papers carried articles about the training centre.


Manique Gunaratne

Tel. – 0094117801801


In January 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, did a presentation at the University of Colombo on “Problems face by visually impaired persons in education, employment and technology”. The conference was organized by the Faculty of Law. The conference was titled “Disability Rights Forum”.


Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member for Advocacy and Lobbying for Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Sri Lanka Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled


In January 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon attended the Inclusive Business Roundtable Talk on Rating System in Bangkok, Thailand,at APCD Training Building.

The concept of Inclusive Business has been brainstormed by business practitioners and leaders with disabilities. The roles of persons with disabilities in business were identified more clearly from the perspective of customers, employees and entrepreneurs. The inclusive business opportunity to expand market and utilize the potential human resources was highlighted. The key points of successful inclusive business were presented. Through the brainstorming meeting, participants agreed that the Rating System would be needed for Inclusive Business Development.

The Inclusive Business Roundtable Talk on Rating System was organized by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) and The Nippon Foundation (TNF) Exclusive participants discussed more deeply about Rating System of Inclusive Business. It is expected that the findings from regional perspective will support business to maximize emerging business opportunity.


Manique Gunaratne

Council Member – Cisco Networking Academy Council