Category Archives: Rights of Persons with Disabilities

DISABILITY INCLUSION WITH THE PRESIDENT OF IFES

DISABILITY INCLUSION WITH THE PRESIDENT OF IFES

 

The President of IFES (International Federation for Electoral System) Head Office in Washington, USA had a discussion in January 2017 with Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and Mr. Ishan Jaleel from IFES on “Disability Inclusion”.

 

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1 Manique and Ishan with the President of IFES.

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Manique Gunaratne

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MAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE

The lecture by Janis McDavid at the German Cultural Institute in January 2017, aimed to create more sensitivity towards pushing boundaries within ourselves.

Janis motivates by his attitude and inspires to achieve great things with or without

Disabilities. His talk considered values, morality, responsibilities and possibilities to

Convey to the listeners that people with disabilities have the same values, rights and

Dreams as everybody else.

Janis McDavid, a young German student of economics (25), born without arms and legs has recently become a famous motivational speaker in Germany. German TV and weekly

Magazines have interviewed and written about him. He speaks at conferences, workshops

And joins German parliamentary sub committees as an expert on promoting greater

Acceptance of persons with disabilities and to motivate all people to focus on the positive

Side and to concentrate on the power within yourself to achieve great things.

Despite his considerable motor difficulties, Janis McDavid has embarked upon university

Studies, has travelled extensively in countries like Cuba and Namibia and is a highly

Impressive motivational speaker. The book he has written “Dein Bests Leben” (Your best

Life) is a top seller in Germany. His core message: “Make the impossible possible”.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability was invited as a guest at this event.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique with Janis and his team.

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2 Manique with the UN Representative and German Ambassador.

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Manique Gunaratne

Co-ordinator – ASSET (Advancing Special Skills for Economic Transformation) Project

 

STRATEGIC PLANNING

The Disability Organisations’ Joint Front took another initiative in training persons with disabilities on “Strategic planning”. The programme held at the Sarvodhaya Bandaragama was conducted by Paltra and was funded by Myright in November 2016. Persons with disabilities decided on priority areas in which they should advocate for the next 5 years. Mr. Saman Hamangoda, Mr. Sasanka Mendis, Mr. Asanga Perera, Ms. Zahabia Adamali and Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and Executive Committee Member of the Disability Organisations Joint Front conducted the sessions.

 

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1 Group photograph of the participants.

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2 Manique listening to presentations close up.

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3 Manique with participants listening to presentations.

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4 Manique conducting the session close up.

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5 Conducting a session.

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6 Conducting a session with the audience.

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7 Manique with participants.

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8 All participants seated in a row.

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9 Participants.

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Manique Gunaratne

Council Member – Cisco Networking Academy Council

 

ACCESS TO BUILD ENVIRONMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AT UNIVERSITY OF RUHUNA

It was a different experience and a lecture of a difference when the Engineering students of University of Ruhuna, Faculty of Engineering gathered at the lecture hall. Students were educated on “Access to build environment for persons with disabilities”. These Engineering students will be the people in the future who will be designing buildings. Therefore, it is important for them to know the rules and regulations and accessibility facilities which should be provided for persons with disabilities. Manique Gunaratne, Executive Committee Member of the Disability Organisations Joint Front and from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and Cyril Siriwardane, Vice President of the Disability Organisations Joint Front conducted the Lecture.

 

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1 Manique presenting.

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2 Manique with the students.

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3 Mr. Cyril Siriwardane presenting.

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Manique Gunaratne

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

 

NATIONAL ACTION PLAN ON HUMAN RIGHTS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

A consultation on the draft national action plan for rights of persons with disabilities and the discussion on the draft response prepared by the Law & Society Trust for the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities was organised and funded by the Law & Society Trust and was hosted by CEDREP (Centre for Disability Research, Education and Practice) of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Colombo in October 2016. The drafting committee gathered more ideas from persons with disabilities at this meeting so that a complete Action Plan can be done.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Drafting Committee Member of the National Action Plan on Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities

 

MYRIGHT SWEDEN STRENGTHENS CAPACITY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR ORGANISATIONS

Swedish delegates from MyRight Sweden met the Executive Committee Members of the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front to strengthen capacity of persons with disabilities and their organisations in September 2016 at the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front and Myright Office. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon participated at this discussion.

 

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Group photograph with the Swedish delegates.

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Manique Gunaratne

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JAMES KELLY CONFERENCE ON THE RAP SERVICES AND SOFTWARE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The James Kelly Conference, jointly Hosted by Ceylon Association for the Mentally Retarded (CAMR) and Therap Services, James M. Kelly Administrator, PrimeCare, Vice Chairman, Therap Services invited Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability to join a discussion session at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in August 2016. James Kelly from USA shared his experience of working with persons with disabilities and implementing Therap at his own agency and in addition discussed the various benefits of using Therap at special needs schools/agencies.

James Kelly co-founded Therap Services in 2003. He has extensive experiences in the human services in the community where he has worked for over 30 years. He has expertise in social services and operates about 20 institutions providing services to persons with disabilities. In 1990, Jim founded Community Options, Inc. in Connecticut with Richard Robbins; CEO of Therap. Jim currently serves as President and Chief Executive O‑cer for Community Options. The agency provides property management, personnel services, program development for new agencies, financial services for nonprofits, and direct operation of 19 group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities, programs and employment supports for adults with a broad range of disabilities. The Therap software for maintaining data bases for persons with disabilities is very useful.

 

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1 Manique and Uda.

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2 Manique with Jim Kelly and the group.

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Manique Gunaratne

Council Member – Cisco Networking Academy Council

 

 

 

PROMOTING RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES THROUGH MEDIA

MyRight Sri Lanka supports projects and programmes that help to make the disability organisations in Sri Lanka stronger, more democratic and able to

Participate in social development. Establishing strong organisations provides persons with disabilities with greater opportunities to be their own agents

For change and to represent their members.

All MyRight’s activities take a rights perspective and are rooted in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was adopted in

  1. According to the Convention, it is not the individual who should have to adapt to the existing society – it is up to society to change so that it

Is more inclusive.

MyRight Sri Lanka organized a residential workshop on “Media” for persons with diverse disabilities at the Sarvodaya Education Development Centre in Bandaragama in June 2016. Different aspects of media was discussed at this workshop. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability made a presentation on “How to use social media to promote rights of persons with disabilities”.

 

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1 Manique making a presentation.

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2 Manique explaining about social media.

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3 Participants at the workshop.

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Manique Gunaratne

Fax – 0094112867946