Category Archives: Information and Communication Technology for Persons with Disabilities

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera and Mr. Chamod Nayanananda from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre spoke on ICT training and internship opportunities for persons with disabilities in a programme titled “Anduren eliyata” at the Swedeshiya Sewaya of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in March 2018.

 

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At the recording.

Audio:

anduren eliyata ict awards and internship march 2018

 

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member for Advocacy and Lobbying for Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Sri Lanka Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled

 

INTERNET SOCIETY INCLUDES PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ON MEMBERS DAY

The Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter organized the Members Day at the Navro Hotel in March 2018. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Network on Disability made a speech on “Motivation”.

 

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1 Group photo.

2 Manique and Sagarika

3 Manique speaking.

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

SAFER INTERNET AND INTERNET ETHICS FOR PERSONS WITH DIVERSE DISABILITIES

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre together with the Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter conducted a “Safer Internet & Internet Ethics” training for persons with diverse disabilities at the EFC ICT Training Centre in February 2018. How to use the internet in a safer manner, internet addiction, safer internet marshal arts and good ethics were taught by an expert panel of resource persons. Ms. Sagarika Wickramasekera, Mr. Maheeswara Kirindigoda, Dr. Kumara Peris and Mr. Champika Wijetunge conducted the sessions. The trainees team consisted of vision impaired person, partially sighted persons, deaf persons, hard of hearing persons, persons with physical disabilities, wheel chair users and slow learners.

 

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1 Group photograph.

2 Session on Internet addiction by Dr. Kumara Peiris.

3 Internet Marshal arts session by Mr. Maheeswara Kirindigoda.

4 Ms. Manique Gunaratne speaking.

5 Sign language interpretation.

6. Participants.

7 Ms. Sagarika Wickramasekera presenting.

Manique Gunaratne

Supported Employment Officer – Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment

PRINTING OF BRAILLE DOCUMENTS

The Braille Printing Unit of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon prints Braille documents in English, Sinhala and in Tamil Braille. In February 2018 the recent set of printed Braille documents in all three languages were handed over to the relevant authorities by Ms. Manique Gunaratne to be distributed among Braille users in Sri Lanka.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Advisory Board – CENWOR Employment for Women with Disabilities Project

A WHEEL CHAIR USER RECEIVES A PRINTER

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre handed over a printer to a wheel chair user in January 2018 which was donated by Ms. Joan Hide from the British Welfare Group.

 

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1 Beneficiary of the printer

2 Handing over the printer.

 

Manique Gunaratne

FaceTime: 0094779571918

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PRINTING BRAILLE DOCUMENTS

The Braille Printing Unit of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, prints documents in English, Sinhala and Tamil Braille. In January 2018, the printed training materials on “Right to Information” were handed over to the organization which conducted the training.

 

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Handing over the Braille documents.

Manique Gunaratne

Viber: 0094779571918

EFC RELEASES BRAILLE AND LARGE PRINT POCKET CALENDARS FOR 2018

It is the time of the year when many look for calendars for the newly dawned year, either for personal use or as a gift. Visually impaired and low-vision people can now find a readable calendar of their own. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon’s (EFC) ICT Training Centre offers free pocket Braille and large print calendars every year. The first Braille and large print calendar for 2018 was handed over to the Director General, EFC, Mr. Kanishka Weerasinghe by Ms. Manique Gunaratne.

“It is very important for vision impaired persons to expand their Braille-reading skills. The only method to evaluate the literacy rate of vision impaired persons is Braille.  “Literacy is so important. There are talking devices, but there is nothing quite like the written word. It is so important for blind children and adults to learn to read, just as it is important for sighted people to read. EFC Braille calendars are an absolute must for any blind adult or child on the go. They are fast, easy to use, efficient and a real necessity today.

The EFC ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities removes barriers, creates solutions and expands possibilities, so that the visually-impaired can achieve their full potential.

The Braille calendars are distributed free among EFC ICT trainees and other vision impaired persons in all corners of the country. EFC ICT Training Centre provides many services for persons with disabilities. Developing technologies and ICT skills are the key roles of the ICT Training Centre. Todate it has trained about 190 persons with disabilities on ICT skills. There are several courses conducted at this training centre. Each year the training centre is upgraded with equipment and with modern courses to suit the contemporary job market. The trainees are awarded well recognized certificates and the courses conducted are recognized by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission where the certificates carry the TVEC registration number.

The ICT courses are not limited to Colombo. The training centre extended its services to the North in 2011. Library facilities with accessible formats are available at this Centre which caters to all persons in the disability field. Special assistive devices for persons with disabilities make this Centre more popular among persons with disabilities. These assistive devices are unique and they are available only at EFC.

The ICT training is now a Cisco academy. It also conducts international courses in collaboration with Cisco, Curtin University of Technology Australia and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT).

The Braille printing unit of the  ICT Training Centre is doing huge task in printing Braille documents. If anyone wishes to print Braille documents please contact Ms. Manique Gunaratne.

 

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Presenting the first Braille calendar for 2018.

EFC SUPPORTS UNIVERSITY OF KELANIYA FOR ICT TRAINING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre supported University of Kelaniya to train under-graduates with disabilities to be trained on ICT skills so that they can be equally capable as persons with not yet with a disability.

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http://www.kln.ac.lk/?p=30785

 

Manique Gunaratne

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