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DISABILITY RIGHTS FORUM

In January 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, did a presentation at the University of Colombo on “Problems face by visually impaired persons in education, employment and technology”. The conference was organized by the Faculty of Law. The conference was titled “Disability Rights Forum”.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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

INCLUSIVE BUSINESS ROUND TABLE TALK ON RATING SYSTEM

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

Council Member – Cisco Networking Academy Council

ACCESSIBILITY & ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

LIRNEasia, a not for profit think tank has been conducting research on inclusion across theAsia Pacific. Lirneasia have conducted quantitative and qualitative research on disability accessand facilitated the development of mobile apps for inclusion.

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

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