Category Archives: Rights of Persons with Disabilities

MANIQUE GUNARATNE WINS THE “D-30 AWARD 2021”

Manique Gunaratne was selected as the top 30 #disability activists in the world. Now in its second year, the D-30 Disability Impact List honors the unique accomplishments of our most impactful community members globally through a nomination and selection process.
After receiving almost 300 nominations for more than 125 incredible leaders with disabilities globally, Manique Gunaratne was selected among the 30 disability activists in the World in 2021. 30 people with disabilities doing great work were selected and this can be a catalyst for continuing to advance disability inclusion, leadership, and representation at all levels.

https://mydiversability.com/2021-d30

Group Picture of the Winners
Group Picture of the Winners
Poster
Poster
Manique with the award
Manique with the award
Manique with the award
Manique with the award
 Manique with the award
Manique with the award

Manique Gunaratne
Steering Committee Member – International Labour Organisation Global Business Disability Network

ACCESS FOR ALL AT NUWARAGAM PALATHA CENTRAL PRADESHIYA SABHA

People with disabilities are more likely than the general population to suffer anxiety, discomfort, and animosity. To a significant measure, such attitudes arise from a lack of understanding of disability and what it’s like to live in a world with individuals who do not share that experience. As a result, in Sri Lanka, collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union (EU) and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC), Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre took the initiative to implement a project to provide recommendations on Disability Accessibility and Capacity Building of Local Government Authorities in Sri Lanka. The team from EFC led by Manique Gunaratne which included persons with diverse disabilities did disability accessibility checking to give recommendations at Nuwaragam Palatha Central Pradeshiya Sabha, in Anuradhapura district,  in North Central Province in November 2021 to give recommendations on how to make the Nuwaragam Palatha Central Pradeshiya Sabha access for all. Two Advocacy Group Discussions were held with persons with disabilities belonging to Nuwaragam Palatha Central Pradeshiya Sabha and staff members (persons with non-disabilities) of the Pradeshiya Sabha on how to have an inclusive approach when providing services which already exists.

Sign language interpretation at the Advocacy Group Discussion
Sign language interpretation at the Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion with Sign Language interpretation
Advocacy Group Discussion with Sign Language interpretation
Recommending accessibility for hearing impaired persons in the library
Recommending accessibility for hearing impaired persons in the library
Recommending accessibility for hearing impaired persons in the pathway
Recommending accessibility for hearing impaired persons in the pathway
Recommending wheelchair and vision-impaired accessibility at the entrance
Recommending wheelchair and vision-impaired accessibility at the entrance
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Recommending accessibility for vision impaired persons in the library
Recommending accessibility for vision impaired persons in the library
Measuring the gateway
Measuring the gateway
 Measuring the pathway
Measuring the pathway
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Recommending pathway accessibility for vision impaired persons
Recommending pathway accessibility for vision impaired persons
Group photograph
Group photograph
Group photograph
Group photograph

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Country Representative – World Disability and Rehabilitation Professionals’ Association (WDRPA)

ACCESS FOR ALL AT ANURADHAPURA MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

People with disabilities are more likely to suffer anxiety, discomfort, and animosity than the general population. To a significant measure, such attitudes arise from a lack of understanding of disability and what it’s like to live in a world with individuals who do not share that experience. As a result, in Sri Lanka, collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC), Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre took the initiative to implement a project on Disability Accessibility Audit and Capacity Building of Local Government Authorities in Sri Lanka. The audit team from EFC led by #Manique Gunaratne, which included persons with diverse disabilities, did a disability accessibility audit at Anuradhapura Municipal Council (MC), in Anuradhapura district,  in North Central Province in November 2021 to give recommendations on how to make the Anuradhapura Municipal Council access for all.
Two Advocacy Group discussions were held with persons with disabilities belonging to Anuradhapura MC and staff members (persons with non-disabilities) of the Municipal Council on how to have an inclusive approach when providing services which already exists.

Team Members
Team Members
Team members at the entrance
Team members at the entrance
Hearing impaired person checking accessibility
Hearing-impaired person checking accessibility
Advocacy group meeting
Advocacy group meeting
Checking accessibility at Nenasala
Checking accessibility at Nenasala
Checking accessibility in the library
Checking accessibility in the library
Checking accessibility in the study area
Checking accessibility in the study area
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Team members
Team members
Advocacy group meeting
Advocacy group meeting
Checking accessibility at the library
Checking accessibility at the library
Checking accessibility at the library
Checking accessibility at the library
Checking accessibility in the pathway
Checking accessibility in the pathway

Manique Gunaratne
Member of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities

DISABILITY INCLUSION ON WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY

Persons with disabilities at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & #Disability Resource Centre spoke on their rights on World Humanitarian Day in August 2021.

“We must ensure that the aspirations and rights of persons with #disabilities are included and accounted for at all times!” says #Manique Gunaratne.

#WorldHumanitarianDay #DisabilityInclusion #Health4All #Health #Access #Service #LKA

Watch the video at: https://fb.watch/7tKqH9DbEj/

“Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights! Persons with disabilities are known to be at increased risk of protection concerns and transmission of the virus in the COVID19 pandemic. This is because they can face higher exposure rates due to the need for close contact with personal assistants/caregivers. Also, due to travel restrictions, persons with disabilities may be separated from family and/or primary caregivers and not have companions to facilitate their access to services.” says Lalith Wickramasinghe.

#WorldHumanitarianDay #DisabilityInclusion #Health4All #Health #Access #Service #LKA

Watch the video at:https://fb.watch/7tKtCKMFj6/

Manique Gunaratne
Tel. – 0094117801801