VISION IMPAIRED PERSONS ARE SUPPORTED WITH BRAILLE PAPERS AND WHITE CANES

Vision impaired persons use the white cane as an eye. The sense of touch is felt by the tip of the white cane and thereby through sense they find their way. During the Second World War large number of soldiers became vision impaired. During that period Mr. Richard E. Hoover invented the white cane to rehabilitate the soldiers. Since then the white cane is used around the world as an assistive device for vision impaired persons.

In 1969 The International Federation of the Blind which is now known as the World Blind Union had its annual general meeting at Galle Face Hotel in Sri Lanka. At that meeting it was decided to declare 15 October as the International White cane Day. Since then each year on 15 October the International White Cane Day is celebrated around the world.

The white cane is divided into three parts.
01. The grip
The grip is the top part of the white cane and it is made out of rubber so that it is shock proof.
02. The Shaft
The shaft is the middle part of the white cane which is made out of one inch aluminum pipe.
03. The Tip
Bottom part of the white cane is called the tip which is made out of nylon rod.

Using the White Cane
Using the White Cane

The colour of the white cane is white because it can be seen at a longer distance for sighted persons. 6 inches from the bottom of the white cane is coloured in red to indicate that it is a blind person. 18 inches from the bottom is coloured in red in order to indicate that it is used by a deaf blind person. The weight of a white cane is 230 to 280g.

A white cane helps a vision impaired person to go to the destination he wants independently, safely and with the minimum period of time. When a vision impaired person takes a white cane into his hand, he or she should decide where am I? where should I go and how I am going. Gate pattern is very important to walk with the white cane, which consist of body balance and the walk pattern. When you keep the left leg forward the tip of the white cane should touch the right edge of the body width. There are technics for ascending, descending, walk through narrow ways, gliding, find gateways, walk through payments, crossing the road etc.  It is very important a vision impaired person to be independent with a white cane. Otherwise they will become double dependent.

Braille papers are important for vision impaired persons to write Braille in a Braille slate and in the Braille Writer. It is a thick paper which assist to write Braille which will last a long period of time.

Braille Papers & White Cane
Braille Papers & White Cane

The Inner Wheel Club of Colombo together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre donated Braille papers and white canes for vision impaired persons in October 2021 to mark the International White Cane day.

Logos of the Sponsors
Logos of the Sponsors
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
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Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
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Conducting the Programme
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Conducting the Programme
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Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Conducting the Programme
Conducting the Programme
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
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Participants on Screen
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
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MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Advisory Board Member – 18+ Alliance for Care Leavers (SOS Children’s Village)

ACCESS FOR ALL AT WORLD FOOD PROBRAMME

People with disabilities are more likely to experience anxiety, discomfort, and hostility than the general population. To a large extent, such attitude stems from ignorance about disability and what it’s like living in a world with people who do not share that same experience.

Manique Gunaratne and the team from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre conducted and disability accessibility Audit at the UN World Food Programme Office in November 2021.  The audit’s technical objective was to provide feedback and recommendations to The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on how to provide a barrier-free, safe environment for people with disabilities to access their services.

The requirement for the Accessibility Audit was to make the UN World Food Programme Office in Sri Lanka premises accessible to include persons with disabilities in all their programmes and create an inclusive workplace.

Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
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Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
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Team Members
Accessibility Checking

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Steering Committee Member – International Labour Organisation Global Business Disability Network

BUILDING A RESPECTFUL AND INCLUSIVE UNIVERSITY AT UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBO

The University of Colombo conducted a series of trainings on Disability Awareness and Sensitization under the Faculty of Arts – AHEAD grant and implemented in collaboration with Centre for Disability Research Education and Practice (CEDREP) and the Staff Development Centre (SDC), University of Colombo for the non-academic staff in February 2022.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne conducted the sessions on how to provide:
Diversity of disability – varied lived realities of persons with disabilities, The role of inclusive technology and assistive devices, Inclusive language and terminology & Building a respectful and inclusive university community by interaction, assistance, disability accommodation and socialization.   

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Gaining experience of a vision impaired person
Gaining experience of a vision impaired person
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Session in progress
Session in progress
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Session in progress
Activity on experiencing a life of a person without both hands
Activity on experiencing a life of a person without both hands
Session in progress
Session in progress
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Session in progress
Session in progress
Session in progress
Activity on experiencing a life of a vision impaired person
Activity on experiencing a life of a vision impaired person

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Member of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities