Category Archives: Assistive Devices for Persons with Disabilities

ASSISTIVE DEVICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

An EFC trainee received a pair of artificial legs in October 2019 with the support of an EFC member company. The trainee was trained at the EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre to develop his employability skills and was placed at Shangri-La Hotel. This pair of artificial legs will support him to perform his duties with maximum perfection.

 

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1 Nalinda with the artificial legs.

2 Nalinda with the artificial legs.

3 Nalinda with the artificial legs.

4 Video of Nalinda

Manique Gunaratne

Committee Member – SPRINT Committee of Family Planning Association

STUDY ON INNOVATION FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING AMONG PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN SRI LANKA

 

Manique Gunaratne is a member of the LIRNEasia advisory board for disability research cycle, through which they hope to catalyze the innovation ecosystems that will make applications based on smartphones and other ICTs widely available to contribute to independent living by persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka.

 

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1 Group photograph.

2 Research group.

 

Manique Gunaratne

WhatsApp: 0094779571918

HEARING AID MOBILE APP

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.

 

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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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MOBILE APP FOR VISION IMPAIRED PERSONS TO READ LOTTERY TICKETS

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

EFC LOW VISION TRAINEES ARE SUPPORTED WITH HAND MAGNIFIERS

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre in partnership with the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front and Syloan Centre for the Blind in Korea donated hand magnifiers to EFC trainees in July 2019. Low vision trainees are now able to read documents with the support with these magnifiers. Job seekers, university students and low vision persons who are employed are now able to read documents with the support of these magnifiers. Ms. Manique Gunaratne handed over the magnifiers to the trainees.

 

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Trainees receiving magnifiers from Ms. Manique Gunaratne.

 

Manique Gunaratne

E-mail – maniqueg@empfed.lk     manique.g@gmail.com

DEVELOPING SOFTWARE AND ASSISTIVE DEVICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with Dr. Anuradha Jayakody and the students of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) is initiating to develop a out door navigation device for vision impaired persons.

 

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Group photograph.

Manique Gunaratne

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

 

SENSITIZING MEDICAL STUDENTS ON DISABILITY

The Department of Disability Studies in University of Kelaniya together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon gave hands on experience to medical students on assistive devices for persons with disabilities in February 2019. The assistive devices exhibition was a good opportunity for medical students to understand the importance of using devices to work equally capable as persons with non-disabilities. Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera, Mr. Chamod Nayanananda and Ms. Samudra Gamage supported the medical students to understand the tasks of each device. Ms. Manique Gunaratne also made a presentation on “Difficulties faced by persons with disabilities when accessing health care facilities”.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Medical students participating at the programme.

2 Manique, Ayasana, Chamod and Samudra at the exhibition.

3 Manique, Chamod and Samudra with the assistive devices.

 

4 Manique explaining the devices.

5 Manique making a presentation.

6 Dr. Shyamini Hettiarachchi conducting a session.

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

 

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