Category Archives: Rights of Persons with Disabilities


The Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka is implementing the project on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Emergencies which was designed to address implementation gaps of the Minimum Initiative Service Package (MISP) for SRH during emergencies. SPRINT project is at the forefront of addressing these needs and gaps and the activities carried out by IPPF member associations, Ministry of Disaster Management and Disaster Relief Services Centre, Ministry of Health, international and local relief agencies as well as UN agencies. Especially, the SPRINT is closely engaged with Family Health Bureau and Disaster Management Centre.

By year 2019, the project has more activities focused on inclusion of persons with disability. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon was nominated as a member with a disability for SPRINT steering committee in May 2019.


Manique Gunaratne

CISCO International Trainer for I T E (Information Technology Essentials) and CCNA (Cisco Computer Network Associates)



The International Labour Organization celebrates 100 years in April 2019. The International Labour Office Sri Lanka joined the world celebrations at Nelum Pokuna. The Chief Guest was His Excellency the President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena. The ILO included persons with disabilities in their 100 year celebrations.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Kandiyan dancers.

2 Logos on screen.

3 EFC staff.

4 Issuing the stamp and the first day cover.

5 Visual dance.

Manique Gunaratne

Supported Employment Officer – Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment


We are all persons with disabilities at some time in our lives. A child, a person with a broken leg, a parent with a pram, pregnant mother, an elderly person, etc. are all disabled in one way or another. Those who remain healthy and able-bodied all their lives are few. As far as the built-up environment is concerned, it is important that it should be barrier-free

And adapted to fulfill the needs of all people equally. As a matter of fact, the needs of the persons with disabilities coincide with the needs of the majority, and all

People are at ease with them. As such, planning for the majority implies planning for people with varying abilities and disabilities.

The technical aim of an access audit is to provide a barrier-free

Environment for the independence, convenience and safety of all people with disabilities and persons with not yet with a disability.

Disability accessibility has been a huge challenge for people with disabilities. This includes customers as well as employees. Therefore, it is important Employers to sensitize their staff on the importance of accessibility to treat their customers with dignity and justice.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon conducts access audits in companies to give recommendations for the employers. The Access Audit team of EFC conducted an access audit at the British Council Kandy in April 2019 to make it a disable friendly environment for all persons with disabilities.


Picture description for vision impaired persons:

The Access Audit team, Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Mr. Santhush Peiris, Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera and Mr. Chamod Nayanananda.


Manique Gunaratne

Member of the Expert Body of the Sub Committee on Persons with Disabilities – Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka


Child Fund is organizing a series of training programmes to educate and develop skills of Special Education teachers in the North. The team of resource persons met at Hotel Concord in March 2019 to prepare the training manual. It is very important to develop a curiculamn to train the Special Education teachers so that children with disabilities have a quality education.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Resource persons at a discussion.

2 Ms. Manique Gunaratne presenting.


Manique Gunaratne

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Ms. Manique Gunaratne together with a group of persons with disabilities from the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front had discussions with the Parliamentarians on rights of persons with disabilities at the Parliament in March 2019. Parliamentarians Mr. Sunil Handunneththi and Mr. Udaya Gammampila supported the requests made by persons with disabilities on their rights. The speaker also made a special statement on best terminologies to be used when addressing persons with disabilities.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Discussion with MP Udaya Gammampila.

2 Discussion with MP Sunil Handunneththi.

3 Group discussion.

4 group photograph with MP Udaya Gammampila.

5 Group photograph with  MP Sunil Handunneththi.

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



Sri Lanka Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (SLFRD) was founded on 27th July 1988 by a group of people with disabilities. The late Mr. Premadasa Dissanayake invited the participants and explained why person with disabilities should organize themselves in order to realize their rights. The main objective of SLFRD was to make the society aware of capabilities of people with disabilities and their rights and the need to support them to live independently and in dignity. The membership consists of all categories of disabilities. SLFRD is registered under the Ministry of Social Empowerment and Services as a Disabled People’s Organization.

On 22nd November1990 SLFRD took over Rehab Lanka at No. 5A, Khettarama Temple Road, Maligawatta started by Dr. Rienzi Peiris of Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan to provide vocational training to amputees discharged from hospitals. The takeover was negotiated by the then President Mr. Premadasa Dissanayake and Vice President Mr. Cyril Siriwardane supported by Mrs Swarna Ferdinand, Honorary Secretary of Colombo Friend-in-Need Society.

After taking over Rehab Lanka SLFRD started a workshop to provide employment to persons with disabilities. Initially five persons with disabilities who have completed vocational training were recruited. Items manufactured mainly were assistive devices needed by persons with disabilities. such as wheelchairs, tricycles, crutches etc. Other items such as hospital beds, trolleys, bedside cupboards, tables, chairs etc. were made.

At present SLFRD is engaged in the following:

Manufacturing of assistive devices for persons with disabilities.

Encourage young persons with disabilities to engage in sports through “Rehab Lanka Sports Club”.

Participating in diverse forums representing persons with disabilities and speaking for their rights.


The assistive devices produced are:

  1. Different types of Wheelchairs manufactured are given below. Different sizes are made to suit the user. All wheelchairs are sold with a cushion.
  2. Active wheelchairs – These are suitable for use in rural areas with rough terrain and sandy soil.
  3. Folding wheelchairs with removable armrests and adjustable footrests.
  4. Children’s wheelchairs with front table.
  5. Kiddie’s wheelchairs with removable armrests and adjustable footrests.
  6. Sports wheelchairs for basketball and wheelchair tennis.
  7. Supportive seating wheelchairs for children with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities.
  8. Commode wheelchairs.


  1. Easy Go Tricycles – These tricycles are easy, safe and comfortable to ride.
  2. Elbow and Axillary crutches made of aluminium or steel tubes.
  3. Walking Frames
  4. Standing Frames


Items such as metal racks, tables, chairs, beds cloth racks etc. are also manufactured according to orders received.


By purchasing items from SLFRD you will be helping people with disabilities working at SLFRD to live in dignity without depending on others.


The SLFRD had the Annual General Meeting in February 2019 and a new executive committee was selected.


Picture description for vision impaired persons:

Group photograph of the executive committee

Manique Gunaratne

Vice President – Sri Lanka Foundation of the Rehabilitation of the Disabled


The Department of Disability Studies in University of Kelaniya together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon gave hands on experience to medical students on assistive devices for persons with disabilities in February 2019. The assistive devices exhibition was a good opportunity for medical students to understand the importance of using devices to work equally capable as persons with non-disabilities. Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera, Mr. Chamod Nayanananda and Ms. Samudra Gamage supported the medical students to understand the tasks of each device. Ms. Manique Gunaratne also made a presentation on “Difficulties faced by persons with disabilities when accessing health care facilities”.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Medical students participating at the programme.

2 Manique, Ayasana, Chamod and Samudra at the exhibition.

3 Manique, Chamod and Samudra with the assistive devices.


4 Manique explaining the devices.

5 Manique making a presentation.

6 Dr. Shyamini Hettiarachchi conducting a session.

Manique Gunaratne

Sub Committee Member of Policy Development Unit of Prime Minister’s Office on Vocational, Technical Training and Employment Forcusing on Persons with Disabilities



The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with CIC Educational & Charitable Trust Gives scholarships for EFC trainees who are under-graduates from Universities of Sri Lanka. These scholarships are awarded every year. Two partially sighted under-graduates from University of Kelaniya received the scholarships for last year.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Mr. Chamod Nayanananda receiving the scholarship from Ms. Manique Gunaratne.

2 Ms. Umesha Adhiraj receiving the certificate from Ms. Manique Gunaratne.

Manique Gunaratne

Resource Person – Beyond the Reach Project of Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter


The British Welfare Group celebrated Christmas with the trainees from the English Language Communication Skills training in December 2018. It is important to provide recreation facilities for persons with disabilities.  The British Welfare Group conducts English Language Communication Skills trainings for persons with disabilities at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Trainee doing the guess game.

2 Group photograph seated.


3 Group photograph waring Christmas hats.


4 Exchanging gifts.

5 Exchanging gifts.

6 Exchanging gifts.


Manique Gunaratne

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



On International Human Rights Day 2018 the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) organised an event to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on the theme “The world made anew – the UDHR in our lives; child and youth reflections” at the BMICH in December 2018.

This year’s event focused on youth and children who shared what the UDHR means to them, while a cultural programme will emphasise the importance of UDHR to diverse groups in society. Special focus was made to include persons with disabilities in the agenda.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1   Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera, Ms. Chamari     Sandamali and Ms. Samudra Gamage from The Employers’       Federation of Ceylon ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre

Manique Gunaratne

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