Category Archives: Information and Communication Technology for Persons with Disabilities

DISABILITY SENSITIVITY AND INFORMATION SHARING

Ms. Manique Gunaratne sensitized persons with disabilities in Kaduwela Divisional Secretariat area on facilities provided by The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre. The programme was organized by the Social Service Officer of the Kaduwela Divisional Secretariat in September 2019. It was a great opportunity for persons with disabilities because lack of information is a huge barrier for them to come in life.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique conducting the session.

2 Participants.

Manique Gunaratne

Sub Committee Member of Policy Development Unit of Prime Minister’s Office on Vocational, Technical Training and Employment Focusing on Persons with Disabilities

 

INTERNET FOR EDUCATION

The Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter together with the Ministry of Digital Infrastructure & Telecommunication organised a programme on “Internet for Education” at Isurupaya in Battaramulla in June 2019. The chief guest was the Minister of Digital Infrastructure & Telecommunication, Mr. Ajith P. Perera. All stakeholders were educated on the importance of Internet for education. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon spoke on the importance of internet for persons with disabilities.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique in the panel with the minister.

2 Manique with the pannelists.

3 Manique at the panel with audience.

4 Manique speaking.

Manique Gunaratne

Youtube: https://studio.youtube.com/channel/UCMBhDQ516xwVr86zKLM1HUw?utm_campaign=upgrade&utm_medium=redirect&utm_source=%2Fdashboard

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with EFC trainee, Mr. Udara Chathura from University of Kelaniya spoke on “English Language Communication Skills” at a half an hour radio programme titled “Anduren Eliyata” at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in June 2019.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

Mr. Sujeewa Manage, Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Mr. Udara Chathura recording the programme.

 

Manique Gunaratne

FaceTime: 0094779571918

STAY SAFE ONLINE

The Ministry of Telecommunications & Digital Infrastructure together with the Diversity Collective Lanka organised a programme to educate women, children, youth and the society on how to stay safe online at Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla in June 2019. The Honourable Minister, Mr. Ajith Perera was the Chief Guest at this programme. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon was a panellist to speak on “How to stay safe online for women with disabilities”.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique at the panel.

2 Manique speaking.

3 panellists.

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Manique Gunaratne

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

ACCESS TO COMMUNICATION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre prepares materials in accessible formats for persons with disabilities such as Sinhala Braille, Tamil Braille, English Braille, large print, e-copies in accessible fonts and in sign language. Please make your communications access for all. For further details please contact Ms. Manique Gunaratne on maniqueg@empfed.lk or +94 779571918.

Manique Gunaratne

Member – Asia Pacific Women with Disability United

LIRNEASIA RESEARCH ADVISORY BOARD INCLUDES PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

LIRNEasia joined Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon to the research advisory board for the disability research as part of their 2019-2021 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.

As part of this project, they seek to understand in-depth how disabled people live their lives, the short and long-term challenges they face, and their understandings of “independence.”

They aim to do this by:

  1. Documenting challenges faced by persons with disabilities through carefully designed mini-ethnographies, focused group discussions and in-depth interviews;
  2. Envisioning along with the beneficiaries, the solutions and conditions that would enable them to live more independent lives;
  3. Categorizing the identified problems and possible solutions into ICT-based solutions/assistive technologies and analog complements;
  4. Bringing together designers, software developers and beneficiaries to co-create ICT-enabled solutions/assistive technologies

LIRNEASIA seek the input of the research advisory board on the first three activities described above, specifically to provide input on the research instruments, provide feedback on research findings, envision solutions to key issues identified through the research and provide input on policy briefs.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Vice President – Rehab Lanka Sports Club for Persons with Disabilities

ICT COURSE OF STUDY IN WINDOWS OPERATIONS

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 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.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre with the support of the #InternationalLabourOrganisationSri LankaOffice started a course of study in Windows Operations for 15 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, hearing impaired, physical disabilities and slow learners) in March 2019. Up to date 90 persons with disabilities have registered to follow this course of study in Windows Operations.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Trainee learning online.

 

 

2 Group of persons with disabilities learning.

3 Group photograph.

4 Hearing impaired persons learning through sign language.

Manique Gunaratne

Skype – manique.g

ILO GBDN NEWS LETTER GIVES PUBLICITY TO EFC NETWORK ON DISABILITY

The International Labour Organisation, Global Business Disability Network news letter published an article on The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Training & Disability Resource Centre in May 2019. Please read the article on:

 

Reading without seeing

 

Manique Gunaratne

Advisory Board – CENWOR Employment for Women with Disabilities Project

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.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

Group photograph.

Manique Gunaratne

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

 

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. 7 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, hearing impaired, speech difficulty) successfully completed a course of study in English Language Communication Skills at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre in March 2019. The trainings were conducted by a team from the British Welfare Group, Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera with the support of the #InternationalLabourOrganisationSriLanka. The trainees were trained in conversational ability utilizing the four skills — listening, speaking, reading and writing according to an international syllabus. Up to date 14 persons with diverse disabilities have successfully completed English Language Communication Skills at the training centre.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Group of trainees with Manique and Ayasana.

2 Group of trainees with Manique

3 Group photograph.

Manique Gunaratne

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