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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AT WORK PLACE

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre trains persons with diverse disabilities in employability skills. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon has 680 member companies and 66 member companies in the membership of the Employers’ Network on Disability. An EFC member company which is also a member of the Employers’ Network on Disability recruited a vision impaired person into their work force to promote diversity and inclusion at work place.

 

(Honoured, Deshabandu) Ms. H.K. Manique Gunaratne

A WHEEL CHAIR USER RECEIVES A PRINTER

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre handed over a printer to a wheel chair user in January 2018 which was donated by Ms. Joan Hide from the British Welfare Group.

 

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1 Beneficiary of the printer

2 Handing over the printer.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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ACCESS AUDITS

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre conducted an Access Audit in January 2018, to give recommendations to companies to create a barrier free environment for persons with disabilities.

 

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Access audit.

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PRINTING BRAILLE DOCUMENTS

The Braille Printing Unit of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, prints documents in English, Sinhala and Tamil Braille. In January 2018, the printed training materials on “Right to Information” were handed over to the organization which conducted the training.

 

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Handing over the Braille documents.

Manique Gunaratne

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EFC RELEASES BRAILLE AND LARGE PRINT POCKET CALENDARS FOR 2018

It is the time of the year when many look for calendars for the newly dawned year, either for personal use or as a gift. Visually impaired and low-vision people can now find a readable calendar of their own. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon’s (EFC) ICT Training Centre offers free pocket Braille and large print calendars every year. The first Braille and large print calendar for 2018 was handed over to the Director General, EFC, Mr. Kanishka Weerasinghe by Ms. Manique Gunaratne.

“It is very important for vision impaired persons to expand their Braille-reading skills. The only method to evaluate the literacy rate of vision impaired persons is Braille.  “Literacy is so important. There are talking devices, but there is nothing quite like the written word. It is so important for blind children and adults to learn to read, just as it is important for sighted people to read. EFC Braille calendars are an absolute must for any blind adult or child on the go. They are fast, easy to use, efficient and a real necessity today.

The EFC ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities removes barriers, creates solutions and expands possibilities, so that the visually-impaired can achieve their full potential.

The Braille calendars are distributed free among EFC ICT trainees and other vision impaired persons in all corners of the country. EFC ICT Training Centre provides many services for persons with disabilities. Developing technologies and ICT skills are the key roles of the ICT Training Centre. Todate it has trained about 190 persons with disabilities on ICT skills. There are several courses conducted at this training centre. Each year the training centre is upgraded with equipment and with modern courses to suit the contemporary job market. The trainees are awarded well recognized certificates and the courses conducted are recognized by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission where the certificates carry the TVEC registration number.

The ICT courses are not limited to Colombo. The training centre extended its services to the North in 2011. Library facilities with accessible formats are available at this Centre which caters to all persons in the disability field. Special assistive devices for persons with disabilities make this Centre more popular among persons with disabilities. These assistive devices are unique and they are available only at EFC.

The ICT training is now a Cisco academy. It also conducts international courses in collaboration with Cisco, Curtin University of Technology Australia and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT).

The Braille printing unit of the  ICT Training Centre is doing huge task in printing Braille documents. If anyone wishes to print Braille documents please contact Ms. Manique Gunaratne.

 

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Presenting the first Braille calendar for 2018.

INCLUSIVE BUSINESS ROUND TABLE TALK ON RATING SYSTEM

In January 2012, Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon went to Bangkok, Thailand to attend the Inclusive Business Roundtable Talk on Rating System

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

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ASIAN BLIND UNION GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

In February 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne represented Sri Lanka at the Asian Blind Union General Assembly which comes once in four years. The General Assembly was held in New Delhi, India. There were delegates from South Asian, Middle East and Central Asian countries. The General Assembly was held at Hotel City Park in New Delhi. On the first day there was a conference for visually impaired women in the Asian Blind Union region. Ms. Manique Gunaratne did a presentation on “Participation of blind women in the Asian region”. On the second day there was a workshop on “UNCRPD”. On the third day there was election for office bearers for the executive committee of the Asian Blind Union. Ms. Manique Gunaratne was selected as an Executive Committee member of the Asian Blind Union. It is a great achievement for the country.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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EFC SUPPORTS UNIVERSITY OF KELANIYA FOR ICT TRAINING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre supported University of Kelaniya to train under-graduates with disabilities to be trained on ICT skills so that they can be equally capable as persons with not yet with a disability.

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Manique Gunaratne

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DISABILITY ETIQUETTE’S

In March 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon did a  presentation on “Disability ethics when dealing with visually impaired persons” organized by the Disability Organizations’ Joint Front at the Sri Lanka Television & Training Institute. Press and electronic media were present at the occasion. Several TV and radio channels telecasted and broadcasted this event. There was an article published in the “Island” newspaper and there was an article with a photograph in the “Dinamina” newspaper.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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