Category Archives: Information and Communication Technology for Persons with Disabilities

CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY SAARC AWARDS 2018

Cisco Networking Academy SAARC Awards 2018 was held at Hotel Galadari in November 2018. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon received an award at the annual awards night for the services rendered for persons with disabilities in globally recognized Cisco qualifications and for her professional achievements.

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 hundreds of persons with diverse disabilities to date including 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 which consists of 700 companies.

The ICT Training Centre receiving the CISCO Academy status in 2014 is the latest feather in its cap. This is a milestone of the ICT Training Centre as it is the only training centre in the country which trains people with diverse disabilities in CISCO courses. CISCO is a globally recognized IT qualification.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Group photograph.

2 Manique and Ayasana.

3 Manique with the award.

4 Manique at the awards night.

5 Manique receiving the award.

Manique Gunaratne

Mobile – 0094779571918

CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY SAARC CONFERENCE 2018

Cisco Networking Academy SAARC conference 2018 was held at the Ministry of Skills Development at Nipunatha Piyasa in November 2018. Cisco Instructors from all networking academies in SAARC countries were present at this conference. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon is a Cisco Academy since 2014 and it is the only Cisco Academy for persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka. Ms. Manique Gunaratne trains persons with diverse disabilities in Cisco qualifications.

 

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1 Group photograph.

2 Manique speaking.

3 Manique at the conference.

Manique  Gunaratne

Tel. – 0094117801801

A GROUP OF PERSONS WITH DIVERSE DISABILITIES SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A COURSE OF STUDY IN MICROSOFT WORD

A group of 6 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, low vision, hard of hearing, multiple disabilities and psychosocial disabilities) successfully completed a course of study in Microsoft Word at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre in October 2018. The trainings were conducted by Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera. Up to date 101 trainees has successfully completed this training course.

 

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1 Group of trainees.

Manique Gunaratne

Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum

CELEBRATION OF UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION – 2018

International conference on the Asian Digital Revolution: Transforming the Digital Divide in to a Dividend through Universal Access was co-organised by Ministry of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment, Ministry of Education and UNESCO. The conference was inaugurated by the Prime Minister at the Mount Lavinia Hotel in September 2018. The participants were from SAARC countries. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon contributed to the session on Open Education Resources and Disability. This International conference covered the following areas:

High level debate on Universal access to information ensuring rights and openness of information.

Bridging digital divide – the way forward.

Siber vulnerability to siber security – empowering people, protecting development.

Policies for digital scholarships and FOSS policy, cording education (youth mobile).

Open Education Resources and disabilities.

Right to information.

 

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1 At the conference.

2 Group photograph.

3 Manique and Sagarika listening to the presentation.

4 Manique, Sagarika and Dihan.

Manique Gunaratne

WhatsApp: 0094779571918

COURSE OF STUDY IN MICROSOFT WORD FOR PERSONS WITH DIVERSE DISABILITIES

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities started a course of study in Microsoft Word for persons with diverse disabilities in August 2018. Persons with vision impairment, low vision, hearing impaired, speech difficulty, physical disability, slow learners and multiple disabilities are included in this training. Up to date 195 persons with disability have registered for this course and out of that 101 trainees have successfully completed the course. The training is conducted by Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera.

 

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1 Group photograph.

2 Group of trainees.

3 Trainee learning with online facility.

4 Manique conducting the training

5 Training ICT skills.

6 Trainee learning with online facility.

 

Manique Gunaratne

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

More people around the world than ever before are studying and learning English because it has become the international language of education and business. In Sri Lanka the knowledge of English Language Communication Skills among persons with disabilities are very low. Therefore, it is very difficult to place persons with disabilities in employment in the private sector. Our aim is to promote learning and support education and professional development for people with diverse disabilities. We work hard to help learners pursue their dreams of higher education or getting a good job in English-speaking environments. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre started a course of study in English Language Communication Skills for 15 persons with diverse (vision impaired, low vision, hearing impaired, hard of hearing, speech difficulties and persons with physical disabilities) disabilities. The trainings will be conducted by a team from the British Welfare Group, Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera. The trainees will be trained in conversational ability utilizing the four skills — listening, speaking, reading and writing according to an international syllabus.

 

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1 Participants.

2 Resource persons.

 

 

Manique Gunaratne

Mobile – 0094779571918

AWARDS CEREMONY 2011

In December 2011 Certificates were awarded to 30 trainees of the I.C.t. training centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. The function was held at Hotel Ceylon Continental. The Chief Guests were the Minster of Labour relations and man power and the Minister of Home affairs. After awarding the certificates there was a job fair. This training centre was started in August 2009. “Derana” TV channel, MTV TV channel and “Sirasa” TV channel showed this occasion in their news bulletin. The “Daily Mirror”, “Daily News”, “Daily FT”, “Sunday Times” and “Divayina” news papers carried articles about the training centre.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Tel. – 0094117801801

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

 

 

 

 

A GROUP OF PERSONS WITH DIVERSE DISABILITIES SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES A COURSE OF STUDY IN MICROSOFT WORD

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 more than200 persons with diverse disabilities to date including 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 which consists of 640 companies.

The ICT Training Centre receiving the CISCO Academy status in 2014 is the latest feather in its cap. This is a milestone of the ICT Training Centre as it is the only training centre in the country which trains people with diverse disabilities in CISCO courses. CISCO is a globally recognized IT qualification.

A group of 4 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, slow learners and physical disabilities) successfully completed a course of study in Microsoft Word in July 2018 at the ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. Up to date 95 persons with disabilities have successfully completed a course of study in Microsoft Word.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Group photograph.

2 Manique conducting a session.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Advisory Board – CENWOR Employment for Women with Disabilities Project

ACCESSIBILITY & ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

LIRNEasia, a not for profit think tank has been conducting research on inclusion across the

Asia Pacific. Lirneasia have conducted quantitative and qualitative research on disability access

and facilitated the development of mobile apps for inclusion.

Lirneasia organized a forum in August 2018 to discuss how ICTs facilitate independent living for

people 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 designing

and 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