Category Archives: Information and Communication Technology for Persons with Disabilities

EFC ICT TRAINING CENTRE STARTS A COURSE ON MICROSOFT WORD WITH A NEW BATCH OF TRAINEES WITH DIVERSE DISABILITIES

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities trains persons with diverse disabilities on technology and various other skills developments. It is very important for persons with disabilities to develop their ICT skills to work equally capable as persons with not yet with a disability. The new batch of trainees will be trained on Microsoft Word under the guidance of Ms. Manique Gunaratne. Up to date 165 persons with diverse disabilities have been trained on Microsoft Word at this training centre. The new batch of students are:

Mr. Kalana Paulis (vision impaired) (staff DFCC Bank), Mr. Rajinda Ekanayake (vision impaired), Mr. Tharuka Fernando (vision impaired), Mr. Chamila Suranga (physical disability) and Ms. Rasika Ratnayake (vision impaired) (student, University of Peradeniya).

 

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1 Manique, Kalama, Rajinda, Tharuka and Chamila.

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2 Rasika.

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(Honoured, Deshabandu) Ms. H.K. Manique Gunaratne

 

AWARDS CEREMONY FOR EFC ICT TRAINEES FROM THE NORTH

In July 2013, The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with the Jaffna Chamber of Commerce organized a programme on services of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. One session was on “Disability And employment”. Ms. Manique Gunaratne also spoke about employing persons with disabilities. Certificates were awarded to the visually impaired trainees whom were trained by Ms. Manique Gunaratne, trained at the Vavuniya training centre. It was a successful event. One trainee was able to get employment on that day. The Valumpuri Tamil newspaper carried a photograph of one trainee receiving the certificate and the training pack. This programme was held at Ganam Hotel in Jaffna.

 

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Group photograph of the ICT trainees and the representatives from EFC.

Jaffna Programme

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CISCO CCNA 6.0 BRIDGING COURSE SUPPORTING WORKSHOP

Cisco Sri Lanka conducted the CCNA 6.0 bridging course supporting workshop at Cisco Office in June 2016. All instructors in Cisco Academies participated for this fruitful programme. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre is a Cisco Academy which conducts Information Technology Essentials (ITE) and CCNA (Cisco Computer Network Associates) courses for persons with diverse disabilities. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre also participated to upgrade the knowledge in order to keep align with the new syllabus.

 

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A GROUP OF VISION IMPAIRED PERSONS COMPLETES A COURSE OF STUDY IN WINDOWS OPERATIONS AT THE EMPLOYERS’ FEDERATION OF CEYLON ICT TRAINING CENTRE

The employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities conducts many courses on information and communication technology and also on empowering persons with disabilities for productive employment under the guidance of Ms. Manique Gunaratne. Three vision impaired persons completed a course of study in Windows Operations in June 2016. Ms. Gayani Batawalaarachchi (job seeker), Ms. Ruwani Rathnayake (Staff – Airport & Aviation) and Mr. Anusha Dissanayake (Student, University of Peradeniya) were the successful candidates. Up to date 54 persons with disabilities has successfully completed the course of study in Windows Operations.

 

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1 Manique, Anusha, Gayani and Ruwani at EFC.

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Manique Gunaratne

CISCO International Trainer for I T E (Information Technology Essentials)

 

BRAILLE PRINTING AT THE EMPLOYERS’ FEDERATION OF CEYLON

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities has extended its services of printing of Braille documents. Any organisation or individuals who wish to get any Braille printing done please contact the ICT Training Centre.

 

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1 Manique printing Braille documents.

braille printing

Manique Gunaratne

Resource Person to Train, Promote & Develop Information & Communication Technology for Persons with Disabilities

 

Cisco networking academy carrier guidance 2016 includes persons with disabilities

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Cisco system  in collaboration with the Universities and other none profitable institutes in Sri Lanka conducts CCNA and ITE courser under the Cisco Networking Academy Program. The objective is to provide proper training on networking and PC Hardware to bridge the gap of skilled and properly trained ICT work force in the country.

While Cisco provide state of the art facilities for the students Cisco also ensure the quality of delivery through these academies with periodical reviews and updating of the curriculum.

Apart from the theoretical and hands on training on these areas Cisco also provide soft skills training material to harness the students creative, analytical and entrepreneurship skills. This will enable the student to develop their skills to become a professional in modern demanding working environment.

In order to create a platform between the students and the industry Cisco conducted a career guidance program in May 2016 at Sri Lanka institute of Information technology, Malabe.

Another objective of this was to facilitate Industry leaders to meet the potential future employees, the students who have completed or in the final phase of completion of CCNA and ITE courses.

At this programme, Skills profiling was done by Prof Koliya Pulasinghe – Dean Faculty of Computing. Ms. Ishara Wickramathilake, Senior Assistant Manager – Aitken Spence HR did the presentation on Branding yourself.

12 EFC Cisco ICT students with diverse disabilities got the opportunity to attend this “Carrier Guidance” programme and receive a certificate. The Cisco courses of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon is conducted by Mr. Anuradha Jayakody, Senior Lecturer of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology and Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.

 

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1 Manique with the Cisco team with the SLIIT logo.group at sliit with logo

2 Manique and the Cisco team at SLIIT.group at sliit

3 Manique with the Cisco team inside the auditorium of SLIIT.group inside hall

 

Manique Gunaratne

Cisco Council Member

Cisco networking academy carrier guidance 2016 includes persons with disabilities.

Cisco networking academy carrier guidance 2016 includes persons with disabilities.

Cisco system  in collaboration with the Universities and other none profitable institutes in Sri Lanka conducts CCNA and ITE courser under the Cisco Networking Academy Program. The objective is to provide proper training on networking and PC Hardware to bridge the gap of skilled and properly trained ICT work force in the country.

While Cisco provide state of the art facilities for the students Cisco also ensure the quality of delivery through these academies with periodical reviews and updating of the curriculum.

Apart from the theoretical and hands on training on these areas Cisco also provide soft skills training material to harness the students creative, analytical and entrepreneurship skills. This will enable the student to develop their skills to become a professional in modern demanding working environment.

In order to create a platform between the students and the industry Cisco conducted a career guidance program in May 2016 at Sri Lanka institute of Information technology, Malabe.

Another objective of this was to facilitate Industry leaders to meet the potential future employees, the students who have completed or in the final phase of completion of CCNA and ITE courses.

At this programme, Skills profiling was done by Prof Koliya Pulasinghe – Dean Faculty of Computing. Ms. Ishara Wickramathilake, Senior Assistant Manager – Aitken Spence HR did the presentation on Branding yourself.

12 EFC Cisco ICT students with diverse disabilities got the opportunity to attend this “Carrier Guidance” programme and receive a certificate. The Cisco courses of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon is conducted by Mr. Anuradha Jayakody, Senior Lecturer of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology and Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.

 

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1 Manique with the Cisco team with the SLIIT logo.group at sliit with logo

 

2 Manique and the Cisco team at SLIIT.group at sliit

 

 

 

 

3 Manique with the Cisco team inside the auditorium of SLIIT.group inside hall

 

 

Manique Gunaratne

Cisco Council Member

Cisco instructor forum and council meeting

Cisco instructor forum and council meeting

 

Cisco Sri Lanka had an Instructor Forum at Its office at World Trade Centre in March 2016. All Instructors in all academies were present for the conference. At the end of the conference Cisco Council meeting was held. This team of council members will take the leadership in taking the cisco courses way forward. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities participated at this forum as a council member. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disability is a Cisco Academy and it conducts courses on ITE (Information Technology Essentials) and CCNA (Cisco Computer Network Associate) courses for persons with diverse disabilities.

 

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1 Cisco council team.sisco council group photos

 

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Internet society sri lanka includes persons with disabilities in the internet governance forum

Internet society sri lanka includes persons with disabilities in the internet governance forum

 

Internet Society of Sri Lanka (ISoC Sri Lanka) Chapter conducted the first ever Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Sri Lanka as a local event.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was a forum where civil society, industry, the technical community and decision makers discussed key aspects of Internet governance issues on an equal footing.

The IGF Support Association which is the global body in organizing IGF worldwide requested Internet Society of Sri Lanka (ISocLK) to inaugurate an Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Sri Lanka. In response to this request, the ISocLK has decided to conduct the inaugural session of IGF Sri Lanka in 2016.

The President, Secretary and the Executive Committee of ISoC Sri Lanka chapter (ISocLK) invited Ms.ManiqueGunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability to grace the occasion as one ofthe panelist of the Session 01- Next Billionth User andto be present at the Inauguration of IGF Sri Lanka 2016 which was held in March 2016 at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo 07. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne spoke on “Difficulties faced by persons with diverse disabilities when browsing the internet”.

The IGF inaugural session was to conduct dialogues on three main topics which would discuss the burning issues of the IT industry directly affecting the society at large, including the civil society.

The Chief Guest at the Internet Governance Forum was the Minister for Science and Technology. ICT Students with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, hearing impaired and physical disabilities) of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities got the opportunity to participate at this Forum.

 

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1 Audience.Audience.

2 Banner of the forum.i g f banner

3 Manique as a panelist at the conference.maniq as panelist

4 Manique and Sagarika (Secretary of the ISoC)maniq with sagarika

5 Manique making a presentation.manique making presentation

6 Manique and the Minister 2.manique with minister 2

7 Manique and the Minister.manique with minster

8 Welcoming the Chief Guest.welcoming the chief guest

 

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EFC ict training centre releases braille and large print pocket calendars for 2016

EFC ict training centre releases braille and large print pocket calendars for 2016

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 2016 was handed over to the Director General, EFC, Mr. Kanishka Weerasinghe by Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Manager, ICT Training Centre recently at the EFC.
“It is very important for vision impaired persons to expand their Braille-reading skills,” notes Ms. Gunaratne. She adds that 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,” she observes. 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 170 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).
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Ms. Manique Gunaratne handing over the first Braille calendar to the Director General, EFC, Mr. Kanishka Weerasinghe.

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