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EMPLOYERS’ NETWORK ON DISABILITY

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon convened a meeting of the EFC Employers Network on Disability in August 2017 to appoint members to the committee that manages the Network and to re-constitute the committee based on feedback and the interest shown by members to be involved in the activities of the specialized Training and Disability Resource Centre managed by the Secretariat. The Network will work towards the following goals and objectives.

Goals

To enhance employment opportunities within the private sector for people with disabilities

Objects

  1. To develop awareness raising programs and promotes positive attitudes regarding persons with disabilities.
  2. To provide guidance on vocational training based on employer needs to organizations for people with disabilities.
  • To participate in policy making bodies related to employment of people with disabilities and to represent employer views on such matter.
  1. To facilitate the hiring of people with disabilities through placement services counselling and such like activities.
  2. To provide a forum to explore and respond to employers needs relating to managing disability at work place.
  3. To recognize and promote good practices regarding employment of people with disabilities.
  • To represent and lobby for employers issues related to managing disability at work places.
  • To under-take the training of disabled persons in employable skills.
  1. To raise funds for activities of the network.
  2. Work in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental agencies involved in disability related issues in furtherance of the goals of the Network.

All companies are invited to join the Network. For further details please contact Ms. Manique Gunaratne on 0112867966.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Welcome by Mr. Kanishka Weerasinghe.

2 Mr. Kanishka Weerasinghe and Ms. Manique Gunaratne at the head table.

3 Manique making presentation.

4 Manique explaining the activities of the Network.

5 Audience.

6 Ms. Sonali De Silva speaking.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Manager – Specialise Training and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon

 

“ABHIMANI”

In September 2012 the “Siyatha” TB channel telecasted an half an interview with Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Disability Resource Centre titled “Abhimani” on status of women and women with disabilities.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Vice President – Rehab Lanka Sports Club for Persons with Disabilities

 

GROUP OF PERSONS WITH DIVERSE DISABILITIES SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A COURSE OF STUDY IN COMPUTER CONCEPTS AT THE EFC ICT TRAINING CENTRE

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities conducts courses in a wide range of areas in the ICT field. Persons with disabilities in all corners of Sri Lanka attend training at this training centre. The training Centre also connect trainees online. A group of 13 persons with diverse disabilities successfully completed a course of study in Computer Concepts in July 2017. There were vision impaired persons, hearing impaired persons, persons with physical disabilities, wwheel chair users, persons with interlectual disabilities, slow learners and persons with multiple disabilities in this group. Up to date 84 trainees have successfully completed the course of study in Computer Concepts. All ICT courses are conducted by Manique Gunaratne who is qualified both nationally and internationally.

 

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1 Trainees attending the training session.

2 Group photograph.

Manique Gunaratne

CISCO International Trainer for I T E (Information Technology Essentials)

 

SUSABHIMANI AWARDS

In September 2012 the Department of Social Services in Western Province organized an award ceremony to honour persons and organizations which have contributed great service to the community. The Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped received an award titled “Susewabhimani” 2012. (Great service done to the community). Ms. Manique Gunaratne received the award on behalf of the organization at a function organized by the Western Province Department of Social Services.

 

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Manique with the award

 

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

 

INTERNATIONAL WHITE CANE DAY

In September 2012 the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped organized a press conference to speak about the status of visually impaired persons in Sri Lanka. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Network on Disability did a presentation on women with disabilities. Several print and electronic media were present at the press conference and several printed and electronic media published, broadcasted and telecasted this press conference. This press conference was held at the Government Information Department.

 

Manique Gunaratne

FaceTime: 0094779571918

 

RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

In October 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Network on Disabilities did a presentation on”Rights of persons with disabilities” at a law clinic organized by the Law students of Faculty of law of University of Colombo and the Devisional Secretariet Office in Kalutara at the Devisional Secretariet Office in Kalutara.

 

Manique Gunaratne

WhatsAap: 0094779571918

 

INTERNATIONAL WHITE CANE DAY

In October 2012 the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped celebrated the 43rd International White Cane Day at the Public Library. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Network on Disability did a presentation on “The significant of the white cane day”. White canes and self employment assistance were distributed among the visually impaired persons on this day.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Viber: 0094779571918

 

DISRUPT ASIA 2017 CONFERENCE INCLUDES PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

ICTA (Information & Communication Technology Agency) organised Sri Lanka’s Premier Startup Conference and Expo, Disrupt Asia 2017 at Hilton Colombo in July 2017. This was the largest gathering of the startup ecosystem of Sri Lanka.

Gender diversity is not merely an opportunity for women but creates opportunity on a larger scale for companies, the tech industry, and the economy. Here are three major areas that are impacted by gender diversity. Revenue and profitability, meeting workforce needs, economic fairness.

According to research tech space is the only one where the participation of women has decreased in the last 20 years globally. Low levels of female employment and leadership in tech should signal alarm bells, and not just for women. Gender diversity is increasingly becoming an economic argument, not merely an ethical one. So why does gender diversity even matter, anyway? What’s wrong with having a 70% male dominated profession?

Apart from gender another overlooked point would be the employability of persons with disability, How can we make a better environment where everyone is treated in a similar manner?

“Diversity In Tech: How Well Are We Doing?” panel was moderated by Zahra Cader – Senior Manager – PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Other Panelists were:

Nayeni Fernando – Former IT head of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Hiranya Fernando – CEO – Careerly Networks

Yusra Aziz Eliyas – Founder – Podi Jobs

Manique Gunaratne – Manager – Specialized Training and Disability Resource Centre of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.

 

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1 All pannalists.

2 Closeup of Manique presenting.

 

3 Manique presenting.

4 Screen and the participants.

Manique Gunaratne

Blog: http://efcnetworkondisability.employers.lk/

 

EFC ASSISTS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

University of Kelaniya together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Disability Resource Centre developed a strategic plan to promote ICT training, awareness on technology and facilities to be provided for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities, Lecturers and relevant authorities were involved in this process. As a start of this process, Ms. Manique Gunaratne donated a Braille slate, stylus and Braille papers to a vision impaired student.

 

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1 Manique presenting.

2 Manique with the participants.

Manique Gunaratne

FaceBook – Manique Gunaratne

 

CURTIN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS EFC ICT TRAINING CENTRE

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities is the only Cisco Academy in Sri Lanka for persons with diverse disabilities. Dr. Iain Murrey, Course Coordinator of Curtin University of Technology in Australia has been supporting the ICT Training Centre since its inception in 2009 especially for the Cisco courses conducted at EFC. Dr. Iain Murrey had a discussion with Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon in June 2017 to promote more opportunities for persons with disabilities.

 

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Manique and Iain at the Training Centre

 

Manique Gunaratne

Skype – manique.g