Category Archives: Employment for Persons with Disabilities

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES GET INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT EFC MEMBER COMPANIES

The Employers’ Network on Disability was initiated in 1999 to develop employability skills of persons with disabilities and to provide employment opportunities. Stafford Motors is a member of the Network on Disability as well as an active member of the Steering Committee. They provided an Internship opportunity for a hearing-impaired graphic designer in August 2019 to complete his NVQ level certification.

 

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Graphic designer

Manique Gunaratne

Web: www.employers.lk

 

TECHNOPRENEURSHIP FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Cisco Sri Lanka and City Bank trained 14 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, hearing impaired persons, physical disabilities and multiple disabilities) in Technopreneurship for Social Change in July 2019. The objective of this programme is to develop entrepreneurs with disabilities. Persons with disabilities were given the knowledge on Charging for expertise, starting a business, making a business successful, taking the initiative, enabling an e-business, providing out source services, business structures and financial literacy.

 

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1 Participants doing exams at the training centre.

2 Manique with the participants.

 

3 Chammi supporting  the hearing impaired participants with sign language.

4 Group activities.

 

5 Group photograph.

6 Group activity of hearing impaired persons.

7 Manique presenting.

8 Participants at the training room.

9 Participants at the auditorium.

 

10 Ralani from UNDP conducting the session.

Manique Gunaratne

Fax – 0094112867946

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME ENTREPRENEURS

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability took another initiative in the disability field. EFC is planning to support persons with disabilities to expand their businesses. The common trend in the society is to grant self-employment aid which has a charity based approach. When self-employment aid is granted there is no proper mechanism to monitor the growth of the business. Also persons with disabilities have a mindset of a charity approach. But it is very important to have a right based approach.  A group of 11 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, hearing impaired, speech difficulty, physical disabilities and multiple disabilities) successfully completed a course of study in Small Business Development in June 2019. The trainees were trained on how to prepare a proper business plan and they will be granted low interest loans to expand their businesses. It is very important to have entrepreneurs with disabilities. In 2015 under the ILO (International Labour Organisation) LEED (Local Empowerment through Economic Development) project EFC granted interest free loans for 30 persons with diverse disabilities from the North of Sri Lanka.

 

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1 Manique Gunaratne conducting the session.

2 Group photograph.

3 Sign language support for hearing impaired persons.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Mobile – 0094779571918

DISABILITY SENSITIVITY FOR UNIVERSITY LECTURERS

Department of Disability Studies of University of Kelaniya together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre trained new Lecturers joining the permanent cadre in the Universities in Sri Lanka on “Disability Sensitivity”. Ms. Manique Gunaratne conducted the session on “Providing facilities for under-graduates with diverse disabilities”. The programme was held at the University of Kelaniya in July 2019.

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1 Manique conducting the session.

2 Manique with audience.

Manique Gunaratne

Tel. – 0094117801801

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AT WORK PLACE

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability promotes diversity and inclusion at workplace. A member company of the Employers’ Network on Disability Hemas Group conducted interviews at EFC in July 2019 to include persons with disabilities in to their workforce.

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Interview panel with the candidates.

Manique Gunaratne

Committee Member – SPRINT Committee of Family Planning Association

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES MARKET THEIR PRODUCTS AT “AVURUDU POLA”

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre conducts a training in “Small Business Development” for persons with disabilities to  training them on how to prepare a proper business plan. The main idea behind this programme is to develop entrepreneurs with disabilities. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with its member companies created the opportunity to market their products at several “Avurudu Pola’s” in March and April 2019 to celegrate the Sinhala New Year. Persons with disabilities marketed their products at Avurudu Pola at Green Path, Colombo 7, at staff Avurudu Pola at London Stock Exchange and at the Avurudu Pola at Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC.

 

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1 Marketting products made by persons with disabilities.

2 Group selling products.

3 Group in action.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum