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ACCESS FOR ALL AT MADIRIGIRIYA PRADESHIYA SABHA

Two Advocacy Group discussions were held at the Madirigiriya Pradeshiya Sabha with persons with disabilities belonging to Madirigiriya Pradeshiya Sabha and staff members (persons with non-disabilities) of the Pradeshiya Sabha on how to have an inclusive approach when providing services which already exists. People with disabilities are more likely than the general population to suffer anxiety, discomfort, and animosity. To a significant measure, such attitudes arise from a lack of understanding of disability and what it’s like to live in a world with individuals who do not share that experience. Therefore, this initiative greatly supported to bring a change to create an inclusive approach.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & #Disability Resource Centre in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and  the European Union (EU) took the initiative to implement a project to provide recommendations on Disability #Accessibility and Capacity Building of Local Government Authorities in Sri Lanka. This project is part of an initiative supported under the Capacity Development of Local Governments (CDLG) project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka with the financial assistance of the European Union (EU).

The team from EFC led by Manique Gunaratne which included persons with diverse disabilities did an disability accessibility checking to give recommendations at Madirigiriya Pradeshiya Sabha, in Polonnaruwa district,  in North Central Province in January 2022 to give recommendations on how to make the Madirigiriya Pradeshiya Sabha access for all.

CDLG is a four-year project (2020-2023) targeting the Eastern, Northern, North-Central and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka.

Medirigiya PS Nameboard
Medirigiya PS Nameboard
Team Members
Team Members
Manique in front of the main gate
Manique in front of the main gate
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Accessibility checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility checking
Accessibility Checking
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision impaired person
 Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
 Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Manager – Specialised Training and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon

ACCESS FOR ALL AT GALNAWA PRADESHIYA SABHA

The team from EFC led by Manique Gunaratne which included persons with diverse disabilities did an disability accessibility checking to give recommendations at Galnawa Pradeshiya Sabha, in Anuradhapura district,  in North Central Province in December 2021 to give recommendations on how to make the Galnawa Pradeshiya Sabha access for all.

2 Advocacy Group discussions were held with persons with disabilities belonging to Galnawa Pradeshiya Sabha and staff members (persons with non-disabilities) of the Pradeshiya Sabha on how to have an inclusive approach when providing services which already exists. People with disabilities are more likely than the general population to suffer anxiety, discomfort, and animosity. To a significant measure, such attitudes arise from a lack of understanding of disability and what it’s like to live in a world with individuals who do not share that experience. Therefore, this initiative greatly supported to bring a change to create an inclusive approach.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & #Disability Resource Centre in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and  the European Union (EU) took the initiative to implement a project to provide recommendations on Disability Accessibility and Capacity Building of Local Government Authorities in Sri Lanka. This project is part of an initiative supported under the Capacity Development of Local Governments (CDLG) project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka with the financial assistance of the European Union (EU).

Galnawa Nameboard
Galnawa Nameboard
Team Members
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Galnawa Public Library
Galnawa Public Library
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility

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

APSIG APRIGF APNIC IN SINGAPORE

Manique Gunaratne was a speaker at the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) 54, Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APRIGF) 2022, Asia Pacific School on Internet Governance (APSIG) 2022 conferences held at the Grand Hytte Hotel  in Singapore in September 2022.

The events were organised by APNIC, the Regional Internet Registry for the Asia Pacific, in conjunction with APRIGF and APSIG.

The combined event was a summit comprising training workshops and conference sessions and which attracted hundreds of delegates and speakers from around the world. The technical workshops provided participants with hands-on training to build and manage Internet infrastructure. The conferences included technical sessions on topics such as IPv6, networking and security, Internet governance discussions, as well as community-driven Special Interest Group meetings on Internet numbers policy and Internet cooperation.

Further details about the conference can be found on the event website: https://conference.apnic.net/54/

Manique Gunaratne conducted sessions on “Inclusion of persons with disabilities in the ICT Job Sector”, “Accessibility, Diversity and the Digital Divide”, “Digital accessibility and connectivity for disabled students in higher education during COVID-19”, “Strengthening the Disability Voice in Internet governance” and “Inclusion and Tech”.

APRIGF – Manique with participants
APRIGF – Manique with participants
APRIGF – Manique in the panel
APRIGF – Manique in the panel
APRIGF – Manique presenting
APRIGF – Manique presenting
APRIGF – Manique in the panel
APRIGF – Manique in the panel
APRIGF – Manique presenting
APRIGF – Manique presenting
APRIGF – Manique in the panel
APRIGF – Manique in the panel
APRIGF – Manique in the panel
APRIGF – Manique in the panel
APRIGF – Manique in the panel
APRIGF – Manique in the panel
APRIGF – Manique presenting
APRIGF – Manique presenting
APSIG – Manique in the panel
APSIG – Manique in the panel
APSIG – Manique in the panel
APSIG – Manique in the panel
APSIG – Manique in the panel
APSIG – Manique in the panel
APSIG – Manique in the panel
APSIG – Manique in the panel
APSIG – Resource persons
APSIG – Resource persons
APSIG – Resource persons
APSIG – Resource persons
APSIG – at the conference
APSIG – at the conference

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum

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
Participants on Screen
Participants on Screen
Logo of the Sponsor
Logo of the Sponsor
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
Conducting the Programme
Conducting the Programme
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
Participants on Screen
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
Participants on Screen
Participants on Screen
Session in Progress
Session in Progress
Session in Progress
Session in Progress
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MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Advisory Board Member – 18+ Alliance for Care Leavers (SOS Children’s Village)