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The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre together with Dialog Axiata PLC supported hard of hearing persons to hear well through a mobile app in September 2019. EFC hard of hearing trainees were thrilled with joy when they could hear well through this mobile app instead of the hearing aid. This mobile app will support them to to enhance their employability skills and improve their educational level.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Ashan, Lawanath and Nithila testing the mobile app.

2 Chanaka and the group testing the mobile app.

3 Group of hard of hearing persons together with EFC and Dialog team.

4 Irupan, Nimesha, Malki and Pubudini testing the mobile app.

5 Tharusha explaining the app to Irfan.

6 University under-graduates testing the app.

7 Hard of hearing under-graduates testing the app.

8 Tharusha explaining the advantages of the mobile app.

9 Manique and Tharusha with Irfan and Pubudini.

Manique Gunaratne

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Intermart Company provided an Internship opportunity to a hearing impaired graphic designer in September 2019. This hearing impaired EFC trainee has completed the Graphic Designing course at the VTA. The Internship will assist her to get the NVQ Level certificate.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Ms. Sansani Kavindya at work.

2 Ms. Sansani enjoying work.


Manique Gunaratne

Fax – 0094112867946



Ms. Manique Gunaratne sensitized persons with disabilities in Kaduwela Divisional Secretariat area on facilities provided by The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre. The programme was organized by the Social Service Officer of the Kaduwela Divisional Secretariat in September 2019. It was a great opportunity for persons with disabilities because lack of information is a huge barrier for them to come in life.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique conducting the session.

2 Participants.

Manique Gunaratne

Sub Committee Member of Policy Development Unit of Prime Minister’s Office on Vocational, Technical Training and Employment Focusing on Persons with Disabilities



A team headed by Dr. Anuradha Jayakody from The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) together with Ms. Manique Gunaratne took the initiative in developing a mobile app for vision impaired persons to read lottery tickets in September 2019. This mobile app will support vision impaired persons to read the numbers of the lottery ticket, get the winning numbers and rewards. This mobile app will also support vision impaired lottery ticket sellers to connect with the Lotteries Board and support them with necessary support.


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Ms. Krishani Jayaweera, Mr. Chamara Dayarathne, Mr. Dilan Jayaweera, Mr. Narendra Bangamuwage and Ms. Manique Gunaratne.

Manique Gunaratne

Resource Person – Beyond the Reach Project of Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter


Grassroot level Organisations finds it very difficult to run the organisation due to lack of financial resources. The Institute for Monitoring & Evaluation (TIME) and Change the Game Academy in Netherlands conducted a training programme on Local Fund Raising at Coral Sands Hotel – Hikkaduwa  in September 2019. The reasons to conduct this Fund Raising programme is to:

  1. Fundraising makes nonprofits plan.
  2. Fundraising makes nonprofits see where they are vulnerable.
  3. Fundraising makes nonprofits work as teams and align goals.
  4. Fundraising makes nonprofits prioritize projects.
  5. Fundraising makes nonprofits partner.
  6. Fundraising makes nonprofits work to alleviate the greatest community needs.
  7. Fundraising makes nonprofits evaluate.
  8. Fundraising makes nonprofits sustainable.
  9. Empower organisations at grass root level.

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Group activity.

2 Group activity.

3 Group photograph.

4 Group photograph.

5 Manique presenting.

Manique Gunaratne

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


The Employers’ Network on Disability was initiated in 1999 with the support of the ILO to develop employability skills of persons with disabilities and to provide employment opportunities. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) provided an Internship opportunity for a hearing-impaired graphic designer in September 2019 to complete his NVQ level certification.


Picture description for vision impaired persons:

Charith at work.

Manique Gunaratne

Vice President – Rehab Lanka Sports Club for Persons with Disabilities