Category Archives: Rights of Persons with Disabilities


The University of Kelaniya organized the Gender Festival in February 2018. The Coordinating Centre for Students with Disabilities were given the opportunity to organize a stall to make awareness on “Gender and disability” for the general public. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre, Dr. Shyamini Hettiarachchi, Mr. Chamod Ruwanga and Ms. Isuru Ayeshmi together with the students with disabilities were able to make awareness on disability at the gender festival.


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Team members at the stall.

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member – Disability Organisations’ Joint Front


The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre conducted an Access Audit in January 2018, to give recommendations to companies to create a barrier free environment for persons with disabilities.


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Access audit.

Manique Gunaratne

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In March 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon did a  presentation on “Disability ethics when dealing with visually impaired persons” organized by the Disability Organizations’ Joint Front at the Sri Lanka Television & Training Institute. Press and electronic media were present at the occasion. Several TV and radio channels telecasted and broadcasted this event. There was an article published in the “Island” newspaper and there was an article with a photograph in the “Dinamina” newspaper.


Manique Gunaratne

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The Disability Organisations’ Joint Front organized a walk and a rally to celebrate International Day for Persons with Disabilities in December 2017. Persons with diverse disabilities from all walks of Sri Lanka gathered at the Hyde Park. Persons with diverse disabilities walked to Viharamahadevi Park requesting to give their rights and had a gathering speaking of their rights.


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1 Participants with the DOJF banner.

2 Manique with the banner.

3 Manique and Rasanjali

4 Manique and Sandamali.

Manique Gunaratne

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In December 2017, SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka and their partners at Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI) hosted a conference on the deinstitutionalization and alternative care of children in Sri Lanka at Grand Oriental Hotel. By bringing together local-level field officers and policymakers at every level of the government, as well as Civil Society Organizations, practitioners, academia, media, Child Care Institutions, care leavers and community members, they helped to change the discourse around alternative care in Sri Lanka. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialized Training & Disability Resource Centre serves as an Advisory Group member focusing on children with disabilities. Following matters were taken into consideration:

8 teams from ‘Locational Circles’ (i.e. groups of government field officers involved in child protection and community health and development) across the country including Anuradhapura, Batticoloa, Galle, Jaffna, Matara, Monaragala, Nuwara Eliya and Piliyandala outlined their action plans for deinstitutionalisation in their districts. These were designed specifically to consider specific problems and causes of institutionalisation and vulnerability among children and create attainable and effective ways to tackle these issues at a local level. The key attributes include:

  1. Forming groups among parents, children and community members to address issues of socialisation, sexual and physical abuse, exploitation, protective and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education, and substance abuse, especially alcohol.
  2. Gathering information from these groups, and finding the underlying reasons for family separation and vulnerability.
  3. Delivering supportive programmes, including income generation training and support, counselling and psychosocial services.
  4. Educating families in financial management to more effectively live within their income.


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Advisory group members.

Manique Gunaratne

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,

385 J3 Old Kotte Road,

Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka.


In September 2012 the Department of Social Services in Western Province organized an award ceremony to honour persons and organizations which have contributed great service to the community. The Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped received an award titled “Susewabhimani” 2012. (Great service done to the community). Ms. Manique Gunaratne received the award on behalf of the organization at a function organized by the Western Province Department of Social Services.


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Manique with the award


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



In October 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Network on Disabilities did a presentation on”Rights of persons with disabilities” at a law clinic organized by the Law students of Faculty of law of University of Colombo and the Devisional Secretariet Office in Kalutara at the Devisional Secretariet Office in Kalutara.


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The tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP) took place in June 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon and Executive Committee Member of the Disability Organisations Joint Front and Ms. Rasanjali Pathirage from Association of Patients with Rheumatic Diseases (APRD) and General Secretary of the Disability Organisations Joint Front represented Sri Lanka at this conference. The United Nations and its Member States recognize the central role that persons with disabilities must play in multi-stakeholder partnerships

For achieving the SDGs for all and implementing the CRPD.

This year’s main theme was “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations

In the implementation of the Convention”.


  • Addressing the impact of multiple discrimination on persons with disabilities and promoting their participation and multi-stakeholder partnerships for

Achieving the SDGs in line with the CRPD;

  • Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action;
  • Promoting inclusive urban development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda – Habitat III.

At this year’s COSP, high-level representation from 173 States Parties and observers includes an estimate of over 40 ministerial-level participants, spoke in the general debate and other thematic discussions during the session. Also, over 75 parallel side-events was conducted by Governments, UN agencies and civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities, national human rights institutions, disability rights

Organizations, service providers and the private sector.


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1 Manique near the globe at UN.


2 Group of South Asian women with disabilities at CSO Forum.

3 UN conference.

4 On day 3.

5 On day 3.

6 Inaguration of the conference.

7 Manique at the conference hall.

8 Manique and Rasanjali outside UN.

9 Manique and Rasanjali at UN.

10 Manique outside UN Head Quarters.

11 Manique outside UN.


12 Manique, Atif, Rama and Rasanjali.


Manique Gunaratne

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Sports and recreation for persons with disabilities

Low self-esteem and a lack of confidence can plague persons with disabilities. Allowing them to have equal access to sports can enhance their gross motor

Skills, social and communicating abilities, as well as improve their overall health and well-being. Persons with disabilities will mature physically,

Socially and emotionally when participating in a recreational activity.

The ability to perform controlled movements that require large muscles is known as gross motor skills. Movements that involve using the large muscles include

Walking, running, crawling or jumping. Often persons with special needs lack the ability to perform physical movements properly. When persons with disabilities

Participate in regular physical activity; it enhances their motor skills by increasing their strength, coordination, flexibility and balance.

Persons with disabilities frequently miss out on social activities, impeding their ability to better their communication skills. Participation in extracurricular

Activities can overcome this obstacle, providing them with the ability to engage in social interactions, develop friendships and initiate social skills. Persons who suffer with disabilities often struggle with a lack of self-esteem. They frequently will compare themselves with their able-bodied peers,

Giving them a decreased sense of self-worth. Recreational participation promotes their self-concept, self-esteem and self-worth, as well as their body

Awareness. Many persons with disabilities will also show improvements in their academics. The confidence that is gained from the ability to attain success in sports will make them feel like they are capable of achieving almost anything.

The Sri Lanka Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled (SLFRD) has been promoting sports for persons with disabilities for a long period of time. In May 2017 SLFRD formed the “Rehab Lanka Sports Club” to promote sports and recreation for persons with disabilities. Club will Groom the young sportsman for future tournaments nationally and internationally. The executive committee of the Sports Club is as follows:

President – Ms. Rasanjali Pathirage

Secretary – Mr. Prasanna Lal

Treasurer – Mr. Chamila Kariyawasam

Vice President – Ms. Manique Gunaratne

Membership & Social Secretary – Ms. Subhani Udeshika

Executive Committee Members –

Ms. Wajira Ramani

Mr. Dumira Maduranga

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1 AGM of the Sports Club

2 Election of office barers.

3 Executive committee members

4 Group photograph.

5 At the AGM



Manique Gunaratne

National Campaigner for Rights of Women with Disabilities – Raising Our Voices for Us