Category Archives: Information and Communication Technology for Persons with Disabilities

SOFT SKILLS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The cultural norms prevailing in Asia put persons with disabilities at a disadvantage by placing them in a subordinate position in society. Persons with disabilities in Asia are constantly taught to be subservient. They are taught only to listen and not speak up. The lack of self-confidence leaves them with hunched shoulders, unable to stand tall and to make their voices heard. In such a society, the situation of these people are worse and they are often more timid and backward than their counterparts of persons with non-disabilities.

Of late, Sri Lankan persons with disabilities have shown a tendency of combating outdated cultural norms and securing their rightful place in society. They have gathered the strength to pursue their ambitions. The number of career men and women has increased considerably in the recent past.  However, the same cannot be said of persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities have difficulty in finding employment or setting up one’s own business. This is not purely due to the lack of hard skills or educational qualifications. Even if a person with a disability possesses the requisite qualifications and intellect for a particular profession, they fail because they lack the personality traits that employers and clients look for.

Modern day employers specifically look for candidates who possess soft skills such as interpersonal skills, presentation skills, etiquettes, adequate grooming, team spirit, right attitude, flexibility, appropriate dressing sense and presentability, presence of mind, time management, work ethics, personal hygiene, listening skills, communication skills, street smartness and common sense. Research has shown that in this competitive era, mere hard skills do not make a person employable and enable that person to sustain in the professional life. Unfortunately, most persons with disabilities are unable to acquire the skills which are required for personality development due to their impediment. People with non-disabilities follow visual cues and learn from others or join a finishing school. People with disabilities are unable to join mainstream finishing schools as most schools do not offer individualized lessons nor can they learn through observation. It is expected that the personality development programme specially designed to cater to the needs of this marginalized group of people with diverse disabilities will give them the ability to project themselves better and create an impression on others and eventually find a sustainable income.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre started a course of study in Soft Skills for persons with diverse disabilities in March 2018. 15 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, hearing impaired, partially sighted, physical disabilities, wheel chair users and slow learners) will be trained in Soft Skills.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Dhananjaya Jayakody conducting the training.

2 Sign language interpretation.

3 Participants.

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BEYOND THE REACH IN KANDY

The Sri Lanka Chapter of the Internet Society together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability implemented “Beyond the Reach” project to train persons with disabilities on “Surfing the internet”.

This project is designed to make life easy for persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka. This concept was borne while serving the soldiers with disabilities in Sri Lanka Army. As per the statistics available, over twenty million population nearly 900,000 believed to be vision impaired due to various reasons. As per the internet for all concept in ISOC. The Internet Society is planning to make their life easy by giving them the access to information. (Websites, Kiosaks). Training sessions will be plan to make them aware of techniques in how to use internet for their development. There are two main target groups such as general public and soldiers. Considering the travelling difficulties of selected group ISOC will create a mobile lab and will deliver the training by sending trainers to the different geographical locations.  Most of the websites in Sri Lanka does not include the techniques and support for accessibility of persons with diverse disabilities. Therefore, the web developers will be trained by giving them the training to improve accessibility of persons with diverse disabilities. On the other hand by installing kiosaks with supporting tools for persons with disabilities in government institutions such as public libraries and vidiatha centers will enable to access them government information websites easily. For example if someone want to get birth certificate by accessing government web site  where it does not contain support forpersons with disabilities, kiosak created by this projects will cater for their needs without depending on others and stand on their feet.

We want them to see the world through the eyes of internet and stand on their feet.

The “Beyond the Reach” for Central province was conducted at the National Institute for Corporate Development (NICD) in Polgolla in April 2018, with the support of Ms. Sagarika Wickramasekera- President Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter and Mr. Maheeswara Kirindigoda – Secretary Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter. The Training was conducted by Ms. Manique Gunaratne with the support of Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera. A group of 13 persons with diverse disabilities were trained at this residential training programme. The main objective of this training was to reach marginalized groups which the society thinks not reachable and make them empowered to gather information to develop their skills and knowledge. The “Beyond the Reach” programmes were done in Uva Province and Western province as well.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Participants on day 1.

2 Group photo on day 2.

3 Manique conducting the session on day 2.

4 Group photo on day 3.

 

5 Manique conducting the session on day 3.

6 Participants on day 3.

7 Maheeswara speaking to the participants.

8 Manique presenting.

9 Sagarika conducting the session.

Manique Gunaratne

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

 

 

ILO GLOBAL BUSINESS DISABILITY NETWORK GIVES PUBLICITY FOR EFC EMPLOYERS’ NETWORK ON DISABILITY

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Employers’ Federation of Ceylon’s Network on Disability celebrates ICT Graduation

“When we talk of sustainable enterprises, we need to assure that no one in society is left behind. The Employers’ Network on Disability of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) – which champions this notion was set up way back in 1999 – is a reflection of the foresight of my predecessors of the requirements in the ever-evolving world of work,” observed the Director General of the EFC, Kanishka Weerasinghe.

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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”.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

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.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

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.

 

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

1 Beneficiary of the printer

2 Handing over the printer.

 

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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.

 

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

Handing over the Braille documents.

Manique Gunaratne

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