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BEYOND THE REACH IN KANDY

The Sri Lanka Chapter of the Internet Society together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability implemented “Beyond the Reach” project to train persons with disabilities on “Surfing the internet”.

This project is designed to make life easy for persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka. This concept was borne while serving the soldiers with disabilities in Sri Lanka Army. As per the statistics available, over twenty million population nearly 900,000 believed to be vision impaired due to various reasons. As per the internet for all concept in ISOC. The Internet Society is planning to make their life easy by giving them the access to information. (Websites, Kiosaks). Training sessions will be plan to make them aware of techniques in how to use internet for their development. There are two main target groups such as general public and soldiers. Considering the travelling difficulties of selected group ISOC will create a mobile lab and will deliver the training by sending trainers to the different geographical locations.  Most of the websites in Sri Lanka does not include the techniques and support for accessibility of persons with diverse disabilities. Therefore, the web developers will be trained by giving them the training to improve accessibility of persons with diverse disabilities. On the other hand by installing kiosaks with supporting tools for persons with disabilities in government institutions such as public libraries and vidiatha centers will enable to access them government information websites easily. For example if someone want to get birth certificate by accessing government web site  where it does not contain support forpersons with disabilities, kiosak created by this projects will cater for their needs without depending on others and stand on their feet.

We want them to see the world through the eyes of internet and stand on their feet.

The “Beyond the Reach” for Central province was conducted at the National Institute for Corporate Development (NICD) in Polgolla in April 2018, with the support of Ms. Sagarika Wickramasekera- President Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter and Mr. Maheeswara Kirindigoda – Secretary Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter. The Training was conducted by Ms. Manique Gunaratne with the support of Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera. A group of 13 persons with diverse disabilities were trained at this residential training programme. The main objective of this training was to reach marginalized groups which the society thinks not reachable and make them empowered to gather information to develop their skills and knowledge. The “Beyond the Reach” programmes were done in Uva Province and Western province as well.

 

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1 Participants on day 1.

2 Group photo on day 2.

3 Manique conducting the session on day 2.

4 Group photo on day 3.

 

5 Manique conducting the session on day 3.

6 Participants on day 3.

7 Maheeswara speaking to the participants.

8 Manique presenting.

9 Sagarika conducting the session.

Manique Gunaratne

E-mail – maniqueg@empfed.lk     manique.g@gmail.com

 

 

IASC GUIDELINES ON INCLUSION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (APRO), invited Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, to participate in the Regional Consultation with GBV and Gender Actors on the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action at the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn in Bangkok, Thailand in May 2018.

This meeting was co-organized by UNFPA APRO, the South Asia Disability Forum, the Special Talent Exchange Program, Women’s Refugee Commission and International Planned Parenthood Federation.

The objectives of the meeting are to:

 Provide feedback and validate the outline of the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

 Collect existing information, promising practices and other relevant information to support the content development of the Guidelines.

 Identify how organizations of persons with disabilities, gender and GBV actors in the region can contribute to later phases of the Guidelines development and roll-out process.

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

1 At the hotel.

2 Discussion.

3 Table discussions.

4 At the conference.

5 Attending the conference.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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ILO GLOBAL BUSINESS DISABILITY NETWORK GIVES PUBLICITY FOR EFC EMPLOYERS’ NETWORK ON DISABILITY

Read the article:

Employers’ Federation of Ceylon’s Network on Disability celebrates ICT Graduation

“When we talk of sustainable enterprises, we need to assure that no one in society is left behind. The Employers’ Network on Disability of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) – which champions this notion was set up way back in 1999 – is a reflection of the foresight of my predecessors of the requirements in the ever-evolving world of work,” observed the Director General of the EFC, Kanishka Weerasinghe.

Manique Gunaratne

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ACCESS TO ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Presidential Secretariat invited Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon to participate in an initial discussion on access to assistive technology (AT)/products to better respond to the needs of people with disabilities.

This discussion was organized in partnership with the Coordinating Centre for Students with Disabilities (CCSD) of the University of Kelaniya, the Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) of the University of Kelaniya, Centre for Disability Research, Education and Practice  (CEDREP) of the University of Colombo and the Students’ Association for the Visually- Impaired of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura.

The aim of this discussion was to generate a critical conversation on access to AT/products by reviewing and evaluating the current ground level realities connected to policies, products, procurement, personnel and provision of AT/products through narratives on the lived experiences of persons with disabilities and other key stakeholders.

This we hope would lead to the identification of key areas for further discussion with a wider representation of stakeholders with a view to inform the national action Plan for Disabilities and formulating a clear road-map to enable ‘access for all’ by 2030 through a national policy on AT and national AT programmes.

Through this discussion, we hope to encourage a critical conversation on:

  1. The current local barriers and facilitators to accessing AT/products and examples of best practices and service delivery models
  2. Mechanisms to determine the current grassroots-level need for AT/products across the country
  3. Key areas for wider discussion with a larger group of stakeholders in a follow-up meeting to formulate a national policy and programmes on AT/products.

Manique Gunaratne

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SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera and Mr. Chamod Nayanananda from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre spoke on ICT training and internship opportunities for persons with disabilities in a programme titled “Anduren eliyata” at the Swedeshiya Sewaya of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in March 2018.

 

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At the recording.

Audio:

anduren eliyata ict awards and internship march 2018

 

Manique Gunaratne

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

 

VALIDATION WORKSHOP ON THE PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THE STUDY ON “WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES AND EMPLOYMENT THROUGH THE LENS OF GENDER-RESPONSIVE BUDGETS”

UN Women Sri Lanka commissioned the Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR) to conduct this research to support government’s ongoing efforts in addressing issues confronted by women with disabilities, especially disadvantages with respect to economic empowerment – an important dimension in disability rights.  Given the uniqueness of this research and significance of the findings, this validation workshop was organised to share the key findings and recommendations, and to receive suggestions/feedback. In addition to that,  an Advance Training on Gender-Responsive Budget (GRB) was conducted by an expert from UNWomen-India .

Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ayasana Gunasekera of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre was invited for the Dissemination Workshop on the Preliminary Results of the study on “Women with Disabilities and Employment through the Lens of Gender Responsive Budgets” which was held at Hotel Janaki in March 2018.

 

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Manique and Ayasana attending the session.

Manique Gunaratne

Council Member – Cisco Networking Academy Council

INTERNET SOCIETY INCLUDES PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ON MEMBERS DAY

The Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter organized the Members Day at the Navro Hotel in March 2018. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Network on Disability made a speech on “Motivation”.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Group photo.

2 Manique and Sagarika

3 Manique speaking.

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