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.
Advisory Board – CENWOR Employment for Women with Disabilities Project
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre donated 69 books (volumes) of the Bible in English Braille to ORHAN (organization working for persons with disabilities) in Vavuniya in January 2018.
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.
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.
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialized Training & Disability Resource Center donated 69 books (volumes) of the Bible in English Braille to ORHAN (organization working for persons with disabilities) in Vavuniya in January 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.
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.
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities provides scholarships for under-graduates with disabilities for their University education with the support of the CIC Educational & Charitable Trust. This year two vision impaired under-graduates from University of Kelaniya and University of Peradeniya received scholarships at the EFC ICT Graduation held at the Sri Lanka Foundation in November 2017.
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1 Mr. Chamod Ruwanga from University of Kelaniya receiving the scholarship.
2 Ms. Rasika Rathnayake from University of Peradeniya receiving the scholarship.