All posts by Manique

PROMOTING ASSISTIVE DEVICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

PROMOTING ASSISTIVE DEVICES FOR PERSONS WITH
DISABILITIES
EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre develop, promote and train persons
with diverse disabilities in assistive devices. In February 2020 A team from Dialog Axiata
discussed the possibilities of promoting assistive devices to make reasonable accommodation
and make persons with disabilities equally capable as persons with non-disabilities. This will
enable them to develop their employability skills.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
Team members
Manique Gunaratne
Mobile – 0094779571918

MICROSOFT EXCEL FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

MICROSOFT EXCEL FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
The EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre started a course of study in
Microsoft Excel for a group of 15 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially
sighted, deaf and hard of hearing, physical disabilities, wheel chair users, multiple disabilities
and persons with learning disabilities) in January 2020.
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 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.
The Training Centre conducts 23 courses for persons with disabilities.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Manique conducting the session with sign language interpretation.


2 Group photograph.


Manique Gunaratne
Tel. – 0094117801801

ACCESS TO INFORMATION – MAKE YOUR DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR ALL

ACCESS TO INFORMATION – MAKE YOUR DOCUMENTS
AVAILABLE FOR ALL
The Specialized Training and Disability Resource Centre of the Employers’ Federation of
Ceylon is pleased to inform you that we are undertaking assignments with regards to the
preparation of communication materials such as Leaflets, Brochures, Flyers, Notices etc. in
Braille, Large print, audio, accessible e-copies, and sign language in all three languages at a
nominal fee.
Access to public information is a basic human right. For corporates, by making such
information and communication about your products and services available for your
customers or employees with diverse disabilities in accessible formats will be an impactful
exercise. For further details please contact Manique Gunaratne on maniqueg@empfed.lk or
on 0779571918.
The “Wonder Cristal” or the “Puduma Palinguwa” children’s book written by Sibil
Weththasinghe and sponsored by Ceylon Biscuits PLC was converted into Braille, large
print, audio and accessible e-copies in all three languages by the EFC Specialised
Training & Disability Resource Centre in January 2020. It was a Guinness World
record with the most number of endings written by children themselves.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
Manique handing over the “Puduma Palinguwa” books in accessible formats to the
officials of Ceylon Biscuits PLC.
Manique Gunaratne
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,
385 J3 Old Kotte Road,
Rajagiriya,
Sri Lanka.

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY What is disability? What difficulties do persons with disability face in everyday life? How can we solve these issues? And what can we do to support them? These are the questions we need to answer, not by words but by our actions. The answers to these questions are in relation to the employment of persons with disability. The answers are Supported Employment and Job Coach. JICA (Japan International Corporation Agency) introduced Supported Employment and Job Coach, and conceptual foundations of the Social Model of disability as a new perspective on disability and twin-track approach as a strategic framework of action on disability. The Japanese JICA delegates had a discussion with Ms. Manique Gunaratne to promote Supported Employment in Sri Lanka. The JICA delegates also conducted a Supported Employment workshop at the Ministry of Social Services in January 2020.

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique with the Japanese delegates at EFC.

2 Manique with the Japanese delegates at EFC.

3 Manique attending the workshop at the Ministry of Social Services.

4 Participants at the workshop.

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

RESEARCH ON AN INDOOR NAVIGATION TOOL

RESEARCH ON AN INDOOR NAVIGATION TOOL
Ms. Nimalika Fernando with the support of Ms. Manique Gunaratne are doing a
project to develop better path planning methods for the navigation of vision impaired
people inside buildings, to be used by electronic tools. It is a PhD project conducted at
the Curtin University of Technology in Australia in January 2020. As part of the
project a survey was done to:
(a) interviewing people with reduced vision on what methods they use and what
support they may expect from an indoor travel aid.
(b) Observing how people with reduced vision find their way inside buildings to find
their way.
(c) interviewing Orientation & Mobility Instructors on indoor navigation methods
and what support they may expect from an indoor travel aid for their trainees.
Around 30 vision impaired participants from the EFC Specialised Training &
Disability Resource Centre gave their ideas on the above matter. The observational
study was also done at the Centre.
This research will have a positive impact on the vision impaired community in the
long run.
Picture description for vision impaired persons:
Manique and Nimalika.

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

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES
PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Mr. Nalinda Basnayake of Shangri-La Hotel and a trainee from
the EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre spoke on “Technopreneurship for
Social Change” at a half an hour radio programme titled “Anduren eliyata” at the Sri Lanka
Broadcasting Corporation in January 2020. The programme was produced by Mr. Sujeewa
Manage.
Picture description for vision impaired persons:
Manique, Nalinda and Sujeewa recording the programme.
Audio:

Manique Gunaratne
Vice President – Rehab Lanka Sports Club for Persons with Disabilities

“SMART WOMEN” includes women with disabilities

“SMART WOMEN” includes women with disabilities
The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) has taken many steps towards empowering women
with “Suhuruliya” initiative during the last few years. The entire initiative is expected to
enhance women’s socioeconomic status by providing ICT knowledge and hands on
experience for a sustainable and fortunate livelihood by 2025 and to empower women to
overcome unemployment, poverty, crime & harassments through coherent ICT practices and
to transform women to act as a conduit for uplifted society with the support of digital
technologies.
As the pinnacle of activities conducted within the last few years ICTA conducted a “SMART
Women’s Forum 2019” at Trace Expert City in December 2019, together with the annual
Suhuruliya planning workshop, with the participation of Women including women
entrepreneurs, WDOs, representatives of MoWCA, Policy Makers, female youth, Women in
IT, community leaders, associations and women in tech, academia, social activists and female
volunteers etc.
Ms. Manique Gunaratne conducted the session on “How to include women with disabilities
in all programmes for women”.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Banner.
2 Presenting tocan of appreciation.
2 Manique conducting the session.
4 Manique speaking.
Manique Gunaratne
Member of the Expert Body of the Sub Committee on Persons with Disabilities – Human Rights Commission of
Sri Lanka

visa application services to Persons with Disabilities

Expo Visa Services to provide free visa application services to Persons with Disabilities
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Daily Mirror
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Colombo Gazette
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Daily FT
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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