SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera (EFC), Ms. Chamari Sandamali (Jinasena Training & Rehabilitation Trust and EFC trainee) and Mr. Gemunu Priyashantha (EFC trainee) spoke on Soft Skills for persons with disabilities in the programme titled “Anduren Eliyata” at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in June 2018.

 

Picture description for vision impaired perssons:

Manique, Sandamali, Gemunu and Sujeewa recording the programme.

Manique Gunaratne

Sub Committee Member of Policy Development Unit of Prime Minister’s Office on Vocational, Technical Training and Employment Forcusing on Persons with Disabilities

Manique Gunaratne

Sub Committee Member of Policy Development Unit of Prime Minister’s Office on Vocational, Technical Training and Employment Forcusing on Persons with Disabilities

INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE

It is very important to have an inclusive workplace for a sustainable Enterprise. Ms. Manique Gunaratne sensitized the employers on inclusive workplace, disability etiquettes, accessibility, reasonable accommodation, management responsibilities and on laws, policies and facilities available for persons with disabilities at the HR (Human Resource) Diploma conducted by The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon in August 2018.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique conducting the session.

2 Participants practicing disability etiquettes.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Member – Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter

PROJECT MONITORING

MyRight Sri Lanka organized a training on Project Monitoring for persons with disabilities at the Help Age Sri Lanka in July 2018. The training was conducted by Paltra.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique and the DOJF team.

2 Manique and the team on Day 2 of the training.

Manique Gunaratne

Vice President – Rehab Lanka Sports Club for Persons with Disabilities

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Ms. Manique Gunaratne from the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre together with Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera from EFC, Ms. Chamari Sandamali, EFC trainee from Jinasena Training & Rehabilitation Trust spoke about the MIUSA (Mobility International USA) – EFC (The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon) WILD (Women Institute on Leadership & Disability) Asia 2018 programme. The half an hour radio programme titled “Anduren Eliyata” was broadcasted in June 2018 at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

 

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Sujeewa Manage, Manique, Ayasana and Sandamali at the recording.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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

ACUNOVA TREATMENT

A new form of Acupuncture called Acunova is a type of acupuncture treatment that is showing remarkable results for people with eye diseases. Pioneered by John Boel Jr. and John Boel Sr. at their clinic in Aulum, Denmark, (www.acunova.dk) and in Copenhagen.The Treatment involves newly discovered points at the hands and feet that are not associated with any other acupuncture system. Two points also used are located in the eyebrows and studies show that these points increase blood circulation to the retina in the eye. 70%-75% respond to treatment, depending on the type of eye disease. To maintain improvement, patients then receive maintenance treatment to maintain their improvement. This is not a cure, but a treatment stop the deterioration of the retina, and give people the ability to see for a very long time. Mr. Cris Fraser, Dr. Annejanet and Ms. Carina did a splendid task to implement this treatment in Sri Lanka.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Group photograph.

2 Group of ladies.

3 Manique.

4 Manique and the team.

5 Manique, Annejanet and Carina.

6 Manique, Ranga and Lankani.

 

 

Manique Gunaratne

Supported Employment Officer – Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment

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

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 more than200 persons with diverse disabilities to date including 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 which consists of 640 companies.

The ICT Training Centre receiving the CISCO Academy status in 2014 is the latest feather in its cap. This is a milestone of the ICT Training Centre as it is the only training centre in the country which trains people with diverse disabilities in CISCO courses. CISCO is a globally recognized IT qualification.

A group of 4 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, slow learners and physical disabilities) successfully completed a course of study in Microsoft Word in July 2018 at the ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. Up to date 95 persons with disabilities have successfully completed a course of study in Microsoft Word.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Group photograph.

2 Manique conducting a session.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Advisory Board – CENWOR Employment for Women with Disabilities Project

RESEARCH ON WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

The Rehabilitation & Human Services of The Pennsylvania State University – Abington College in USA and World University Services of Canada (WUSC) is conducting a research on health, education, vocational training and employment for women with disabilities in Sri Lanka. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre together with 15 women with disabilities (EFC trainees) contributed with valuable inputs for this research.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique and Prof. Abby from USA.

2 Manique and Puvaneswari.

3 Manique

Manique Gunaratne

Expert Body of the Sub Committee on Persons with Disabilities – Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

ACCESSIBILITY & ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

LIRNEasia, a not for profit think tank has been conducting research on inclusion across the

Asia Pacific. Lirneasia have conducted quantitative and qualitative research on disability access

and facilitated the development of mobile apps for inclusion.

Lirneasia organized a forum in August 2018 to discuss how ICTs facilitate independent living for

people with disabilities and well as current gaps in assistive technologies in Sri Lanka. Dinesh Kaushal from India facilitated the meeting and shared his ideas and answered relevant questions on assistive technologies.

Dinesh is an internationally known developer with over 14 years of experience in designing

and developing screen readers for vision impaired persons. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon joined the discussion on how to move forward with this concept.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Member – Asia Pacific Women with Disability United

SOFT SKILLS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

A group of 13 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, hearing impaired, physical disabilities, slow learners and persons with speech difficulties) successfully completed a course of study in Soft Skills at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre in August 2018. In order to secure employment in the private sector it is very important to develop the soft skills of persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities were trained in:

Motivational Session:

Who am I and what gifts do I bring.

Why am I following this course?

Sharing expectations.

Where am I now and where do I want to be at the end of the course.

Team building and the power of a Team.

Independence and control of my future.

The value of Time and managing it.

What are the different areas of our life and how do we balance it.

What is the Corporate World or what the world of work that I am in is or that I want to be in.

Personal Grooming and Etiquette

From hygiene matters through to Fashion in terms of personal Grooming

Basic etiquette

Handshake through to making conversation at business meetings and table manners

First Impressions and lasting impressions

Workplace Etiquette

What to do and what not to do at the work place and understanding the culture of the work

Place

Developing inter-personal skills, how to get along with others

Interpersonal Communication

The use of our voice to create the desired impression and questions to ascertain correct

Understanding.

Telephone etiquette – Communicating on the phone

Building Confidence

Making presentations and speeches, expressing one’s opinion at meetings

Body language

It is important as persons with disabilities may not understand the importance of posture,

Gestures, use of space etc.

Voice for effective communication

How to vary volume, Tone, Rate of Speech, Quality of voice, according to the context

Subjects of conversation appropriate for different situations

Structuring communication

The main areas of communication and how to

Structure their communication

Practical experience of table manners, office environment and hotel environment through a field visits to an office and a five star hotel.

Counselling.

Practical session on interview skills.

The resource persons were Mr. Dhananjaya Jayakody, Ms. Erosha Fernando, Mr. Rimaz Rizwie, Ms. Shamala Dulanjali, Ms. Rochelle Wandort, Ms. Sonali De Silva, Ms. Sewwandi Jayatunge, Mr. Udaya Ratnayake, Ms. Isuru Perera, Dr. Chandrathilake, Ms. Yashoravi Bakmeewewa, Mr. Suranga Samarasinghe, Mr. Pradeep Gunaratne, Mr. Chamith Jayasanka, Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera.

The Soft Skills training was conducted with the support of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Nestle Lanka, Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC, Sri Lankan Catering, Avery Denison Lanka, Jetwing Blue Hotel and National Institute of Mental Health.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Dhananjaya conducting the session.

2 Participants.

3 Resource persons conducting the personal grooming session.

4 Teaching to ware saree.

5 Training table etiquettes.

6 Participants.

7 Sonali conducting the session.

8 Manique speaking.

9 Sewwandi conducting the session.

10 Participants enjoying a vedio.

11 Udaya conducting the session.

12 Sign language interpretation.

13 Isuru conducting the session.

14 Group of trainees.

15 Dr. Chandrathilake conducting the session.

16 Dr. Chandrathilake, Manique and Piyalatha.

17 Yashoravi conducting the session.

18 Group of trainees.

19 Dining ettiquets training.

20 Group photograph.

21 Pradeep conducting the session.

22 Participants.

23 Manique presenting.

24 Group photograph.

Manique Gunaratne

Resource Person – Beyond the Reach Project of Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter

 

 

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Law & Society Trust, together with researchers from

the Institute for Culture and Society at Western

Sydney University, have collaborated in an innovative

report documenting the stories of hardship and

resilience of Sri Lankan women with disabilities living

in war affected areas.

Women with disabilities and advocates of their rights

were active participants in directing the course of

this project, assisting researchers to shape and

develop the final report recommendations as a starting

point for a social, cultural and legal transformation to

achieve the aspirations of women with disabilities in

Sri Lanka, who have thus far received minimal

recognition in the domestic context.

The official launch of the Law & Society Trust, and Western Sydney University’s collaborative report: ‘OUT OF THE SHADOWS’ A STUDY OF WAR AFFECTED WOMEN

WITH DISABILITIES IN SRI LANKA was held at the Sri Lanka Foundation in July 2018. Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre Joined to hear from the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka in response to the findings and recommendations

presented.

Law & Society Trust is a not-for-profit organisation

engaged in human rights documentation, legal

research, and advocacy in Sri Lanka.

The Institute for Culture and Society researches

transformations in culture and society in the context

of contemporary global change. It champions

collaborative engaged research in the humanities

and social sciences for a globalizing digital age.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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