JOB INTERVIEWS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre
together with Avery Denison Lanka conducted job interviews for persons with disabilities in
October 2019.
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1 Interview panel interviewing.


2 Candidates facing interviews.


Manique Gunaratne
Mobile – 0094779571918

STRENGTHENING THE EMPLOYABILITY OF YOUTH LEAVING CARE

STRENGTHENING THE EMPLOYABILITY OF YOUTH
LEAVING CARE
The advocacy forum on Strengthening the Employability of Youth Leaving Care took
place in September 2019, at the BMICH. Ms. Manique Gunaratne is playing a role in
advocacy for youth with disabilities leaving care.
Supporting young people leaving alternative care to access decent employment is an
increasingly important priority for SOS Children’s Villages. They want to ensure that all
young people leaving care, receive adequate support to access the labour market.
Strengthening their employability skills is a key focus area, as gainful employment is a key
determinant in ensuring a fulfilling life. However, there are many challenges that are being
faced by this group of youth in acquiring the right skillset and securing decent employment,
owing to various structural issues. There is a mismatch between what is being taught in
educational institutions and the skill-sets needed by industry. Youth aspirations are out of line
with the realities of the labour market, and if left unaddressed, they can negatively affect
employment prospects for youth.
The open forum on ‘Strengthening the Employability of Youth Leaving Care’ attempts to
create a dialog between policy makers, employers, educational institutions and youth about
the employability of young people leaving care, including the challenges they face and their
recommendations to redress the situation. This event was led by youth advocates, supported
by the findings of youth consultations, conducted by SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka in
partnership with Generation Never Give Up (GNG) Network of care leavers in Sri Lanka.
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Manique in the audience.
Manique Gunaratne
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,
385 J3 Old Kotte Road,
Rajagiriya,
Sri Lanka.

AUDIO DESCRIPTIONS

EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre together with Mr. Joel Snyder,
President of the Audio Descriptions Associates USA conducted the Audio Descriptions
training in September 2019 at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. Arts providers
(performing arts producers/presenters, visual art professionals), educators, writers, artists and
vision impaired persons were trained on how to do Audio Descriptions for videos and films.
At the conclusion of the session, participants experienced:
— who are "the blind"?
— the history of Audio Description
— Active Seeing / Visual Literacy
— how to develop skills in concentration and observation
— the art of "editing" what you see
— using language to conjure images
— how to use the spoken word to make meaning
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Conducting a session.


2 Group photograph.


3 Joel with the participants.


4 Manique and Joel with participants.


5 Manique


6 Participants


Manique Gunaratne
Manager – Specialise Training and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation
of Ceylon

TERUKO IKIDA ICT TRAINING

TERUKO IKIDA ICT TRAINING
The Japanese Braille Library conducts the Teruko Ikida ICT Training programme every year
for vision impaired persons in the Asia and Pacific region. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 EFC
trainees got the opportunity to attend this valuable training in Penang, Malaysia. Mr. Chamod
Nayananda from the EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre received this
international training in June 2019.
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1 Group photograph.


2 Chamod presenting the Sri Lanka country report.


3 Chamod receiving the certificate.


4 Attending the session.


Manique Gunaratne
Vice President – Rehab Lanka Sports Club for Persons with Disabilities

PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURS WITH DISABILITIES

If you require garlands made by polythene for pooja in temples and kovils, buy it from an
entrepreneur with a disability. Please contact Mr. Chamila Suranga on +94 729924555.
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1 Garlands.


2 Garlands.


Manique Gunaratne
CISCO International Trainer for I T E (Information Technology Essentials) and CCNA
(Cisco Computer Network Associates)