Category Archives: Information and Communication Technology for Persons with Disabilities

MICROSOFT EXCEL FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

MICROSOFT EXCEL FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
The EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre started a course of study in
Microsoft Excel for a group of 15 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially
sighted, deaf and hard of hearing, physical disabilities, wheel chair users, multiple disabilities
and persons with learning disabilities) in January 2020.
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 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.
The Training Centre conducts 23 courses for persons with disabilities.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Manique conducting the session with sign language interpretation.


2 Group photograph.


Manique Gunaratne
Tel. – 0094117801801

ACCESS TO INFORMATION – MAKE YOUR DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR ALL

ACCESS TO INFORMATION – MAKE YOUR DOCUMENTS
AVAILABLE FOR ALL
The Specialized Training and Disability Resource Centre of the Employers’ Federation of
Ceylon is pleased to inform you that we are undertaking assignments with regards to the
preparation of communication materials such as Leaflets, Brochures, Flyers, Notices etc. in
Braille, Large print, audio, accessible e-copies, and sign language in all three languages at a
nominal fee.
Access to public information is a basic human right. For corporates, by making such
information and communication about your products and services available for your
customers or employees with diverse disabilities in accessible formats will be an impactful
exercise. For further details please contact Manique Gunaratne on maniqueg@empfed.lk or
on 0779571918.
The “Wonder Cristal” or the “Puduma Palinguwa” children’s book written by Sibil
Weththasinghe and sponsored by Ceylon Biscuits PLC was converted into Braille, large
print, audio and accessible e-copies in all three languages by the EFC Specialised
Training & Disability Resource Centre in January 2020. It was a Guinness World
record with the most number of endings written by children themselves.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
Manique handing over the “Puduma Palinguwa” books in accessible formats to the
officials of Ceylon Biscuits PLC.
Manique Gunaratne
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,
385 J3 Old Kotte Road,
Rajagiriya,
Sri Lanka.

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES
PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Mr. Nalinda Basnayake of Shangri-La Hotel and a trainee from
the EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre spoke on “Technopreneurship for
Social Change” at a half an hour radio programme titled “Anduren eliyata” at the Sri Lanka
Broadcasting Corporation in January 2020. The programme was produced by Mr. Sujeewa
Manage.
Picture description for vision impaired persons:
Manique, Nalinda and Sujeewa recording the programme.
Audio:

Manique Gunaratne
Vice President – Rehab Lanka Sports Club for Persons with Disabilities

ACCESS TO INFORMATION – MAKE YOUR DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR ALL

ACCESS TO INFORMATION – MAKE YOUR DOCUMENTS
AVAILABLE FOR ALL
The Specialized Training and Disability Resource Centre of the Employers’ Federation of
Ceylon is pleased to inform you that we are undertaking assignments with regards to the
preparation of communication materials such as Leaflets, Brochures, Flyers, Notices etc. in
Braille, Large print, audio, accessible e-copies, and sign language in all three languages at a
nominal fee.
Access to public information is a basic human right. For corporates, by making such
information and communication about your products and services available for your
customers or employees with diverse disabilities in accessible formats will be an impactful
exercise. For further details please contact Manique Gunaratne on maniqueg@empfed.lk or
on 0779571918.
The Braille copies of the Australian Awards leaflet was handed over to the authorities
in December 2019.
Picture description for vision impaired persons:
Manique handing over the Braille copies.


Manique Gunaratne
Vice President – Sri Lanka Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled

INTERNET SOCIETY SRI LANKA CHAPTER INCLUDES PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

INTERNET SOCIETY SRI LANKA CHAPTER INCLUDES
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
The Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter included persons with disabilities in majority of their
programmes such as Beyond the Reach, Internet Governance Forum, Women Internet
Governance Forum, Digital Accessibility programmes etc. The ISoc membership also consist
persons with disabilities. Sri Lanka Chapter had its Annual General Meeting in December
2019. Persons with disabilities were also included in the executive committee to make the
“Internet for All” concept a reality.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Manique and Sagarika.


2 Group photograph of the Executive Committee.


Manique Gunaratne
Committee Member – SPRINT Committee of Family Planning Association

WINDOWS OPERATIONS TRAINING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

WINDOWS OPERATIONS TRAINING FOR PERSONS WITH
DISABILITIES
12 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, hard of hearing,
physical disabilities and learning disabilities) successfully completed a course of study in
Windows Operations In November 2019, at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,
Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre. The trainings were conducted by Ms.
Manique Gunaratne.
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 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.
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 Persons with disabilities at the Training Centre.


2 Trainees at a training session.


3 Manique conducting the training.


4 Group photograph.


Manique Gunaratne
Fax – 0094112867946

AUDIO DESCRIPTIONS

EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre together with Mr. Joel Snyder,
President of the Audio Descriptions Associates USA conducted the Audio Descriptions
training in September 2019 at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. Arts providers
(performing arts producers/presenters, visual art professionals), educators, writers, artists and
vision impaired persons were trained on how to do Audio Descriptions for videos and films.
At the conclusion of the session, participants experienced:
— who are "the blind"?
— the history of Audio Description
— Active Seeing / Visual Literacy
— how to develop skills in concentration and observation
— the art of "editing" what you see
— using language to conjure images
— how to use the spoken word to make meaning
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Conducting a session.


2 Group photograph.


3 Joel with the participants.


4 Manique and Joel with participants.


5 Manique


6 Participants


Manique Gunaratne
Manager – Specialise Training and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation
of Ceylon

TERUKO IKIDA ICT TRAINING

TERUKO IKIDA ICT TRAINING
The Japanese Braille Library conducts the Teruko Ikida ICT Training programme every year
for vision impaired persons in the Asia and Pacific region. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 EFC
trainees got the opportunity to attend this valuable training in Penang, Malaysia. Mr. Chamod
Nayananda from the EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre received this
international training in June 2019.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Group photograph.


2 Chamod presenting the Sri Lanka country report.


3 Chamod receiving the certificate.


4 Attending the session.


Manique Gunaratne
Vice President – Rehab Lanka Sports Club for Persons with Disabilities

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDERGRADUATES WITH DISABILITIES

CIC Educational & Charitable Trust granted scholarships for two EFC partially sighted trainees from the Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre. The undergraduates were from University of Kelaniya and University of Colombo.

Picture descriptions:

1 Udara receiving the scholarship from Manique.

2 Gayani receiving the scholarship from Manique

Manique Gunaratne

Advisory Board Member – 18+ Alliance for Care Leavers (SOS Children’s Village)

 

STUDY ON INNOVATION FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING AMONG PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN SRI LANKA

 

Manique Gunaratne is a member of the LIRNEasia advisory board for disability 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.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Group photograph.

2 Research group.

 

Manique Gunaratne

WhatsApp: 0094779571918