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BUILDING A RESPECTFUL AND INCLUSIVE UNIVERSITY AT UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBO

The University of Colombo conducted a series of trainings on Disability Awareness and Sensitization under the Faculty of Arts – AHEAD grant and implemented in collaboration with Centre for Disability Research Education and Practice (CEDREP) and the Staff Development Centre (SDC), University of Colombo for the non-academic staff in February 2022.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne conducted the sessions on how to provide:
Diversity of disability – varied lived realities of persons with disabilities, The role of inclusive technology and assistive devices, Inclusive language and terminology & Building a respectful and inclusive university community by interaction, assistance, disability accommodation and socialization.   

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Gaining experience of a vision impaired person
Gaining experience of a vision impaired person
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
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Activity on experiencing a life of a person without both hands
Activity on experiencing a life of a person without both hands
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Session in progress
Disability etiquettes session
Disability etiquettes session
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Session in progress
Session in progress
Activity on experiencing a life of a vision impaired person
Activity on experiencing a life of a vision impaired person

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Member of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities

DISABILITY LEADERSHIP IN DIGITAL RIGHTS AND INTERNET GOVERNANCE

Ms. Manique Gunaratne was a Resource Person at the “Capacity Building for People With Disabilities in Internet Governance” organised by the Asia-Pacific School on Internet Governance (APSIG) in Dacca, Bangladesh in June 2022. The programme was held at the Imprean Hotel in Bangladesh. APSIG, founded in 2015, is the premier regional initiative that imparts capacity building in Internet Governance in the Asia-Pacific region. Annual editions of APSIG enable Internet Governance practitioners; especially the organisers of national Schools on Internet Governance (SIGs) and national Internet Governance Forums (IGFs)-to enhance their capacity through lectures and presentations by international experts and through discussions. The present consultation is a special initiative targeted at Persons with Disabilities, with the objective of developing leadership within the communities and enabling them to participate in global, regional, and national Internet governance initiatives.

The “Disability Leadership in Digital Rights and Internet Governance” participants were from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. At the first Disability Leadership Training Workshop in Digital Rights and Internet Governance meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh June 2022 agreed on the following:

  • Expressing our appreciation to the organisers: the Asia Pacific School of Internet Governance in partnership with the Internet Society Accessibility Standing Group, the local host, the Bangladesh Chapter of the Internet Society and the support of Article 19 and the APNIC Foundation.
  • Respecting the culture, language and diversity of disability in being equally treated in the digital space.
    Effective participation by persons with disability in relevant decision-making processes based on the recognition of the disability movement’s mission: Nothing about us without us.

We, as disability leaders in South Asia agree that we advocate for:

  1. The ratification and implementation of international instruments such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Marrakech Treaty and the Sustainable Development Goals (as related to persons with disability) in our region.
  2. The commitment by Governments to make ICT and the digital environment in our countries accessible for persons with disability by formulating and implementing legislation and regulation in accordance with the international instruments. This includes making e-government services accessible and adhering to the current version of W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. This commitment should be enforced by the governments with designated trained staff as well as reasonable financial resources. Furthermore, research and development in accessible technology be supported for the low-cost availability of digital products to persons with disability.
  3. Making educational facilities and curriculum at all levels accessible through an equal delivery mechanism. Developing and delivering university courses on digital accessibility.
  4. Providing an enabling environment facilitated by accessible digital resources in the public and private sector for creating employment opportunities for people with disability.
  5. Businesses and the private sector making their online services accessible and adhering to the current version of W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  6. International donor agencies and IGOs provide accessible technologies, both hardware and software, to people with disability in their developing country programs. This includes training in the effective and safe use of the Internet.
  7. Internet organisations welcome people with disability in their deliberations and make their programs and communications accessible. Concurrently, people with disability will build knowledge to proactively and productively participate.
  8. The accessibility of communication, advertisement and public messaging through the provision of alternate formats.
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MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Tel. – 0094117801801

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITY

Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Mr. Yasal Samarajeewa spoke on “Microsoft Excel training for persons with #disability at a half an hour programme titled “Anduren Eliyata” produced by Mr. Sujeewa Manage at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in October 2021.

Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Board Member – Navajeevana Rehabilitation

DIGITAL INCLUSION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY

In line with the National vision of a Technology-based society, The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka launched the Digital for Everyone (D4E) National initiative. Ms. Manique Gunaratne was recognized as an important stakeholder to ensure the successful implementation of this national initiative.  Ms. Manique Gunaratne did a presentation on “Digital inclusion for persons with #disability” at the soft launch and the stakeholder consultation workshop in June 2021. The Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) hopes to take digital technologies to the citizens thereby pushing the national vision of a digitally empowered nation.

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Manique Presenting
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Manique Presenting
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Manique Presenting
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Presentation on Screen
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Flyer of the Event

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Visiting Lecturer – University of Colombo

SOFT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITY

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre together with Manchester International conducted a Soft Skills Development training for women titled “Fem Train” from September to November 2021. The “Fem Train” programme included women with disabilities. Women with disabilities were trained in soft skills to develop their employability skills.

Awarding the Certificate
Awarding the Certificate
Employment Session
Employment Session
 Employment Session
Employment Session
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Group Photograph

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Steering Committee Member – International Labour Organisation Global Business Disability Network

BUILDING A RESPECTFUL AND INCLUSIVE UNIVERSITY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBO

The University of Colombo conducted a series of training on Disability Awareness and Sensitization under the Faculty of Arts – AHEAD grant and implemented in collaboration with the Centre for Disability Research Education and Practice (CEDREP) and the Staff Development Centre (SDC), the University of Colombo for the academic staff in January 2022. Ms. Manique Gunaratne conducted the sessions on how to provide:

Diversity of disability – varied lived realities of persons with disabilities.

The role of inclusive technology and assistive devices.

Inclusive language and terminology.

Building a respectful and inclusive university community through interaction, assistance, disability accommodation and socialization.

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

BASIC SIGN LANGUAGE TRAINING

Companies spend a significant amount of money developing staff, whether it is on team-building days, attending conferences or enhancing technical skills such as coding languages. Part of the budget should go towards honing soft skills to nurture a positive culture among the workforce. While additional forms of training might involve presentations, role-plays, and task-based problem-solving, companies may not have considered basic sign language to complement the existing training provision. Yet, there are ample reasons to support implementing Basic Sign Language training as part of the staff’s ongoing professional development due to following reasons:

01. Your customers will thank you:
There is a lot of buzz around the area of customer experience. While many Managers are busy mapping customer interactions and implementing email automation, some people will find it harder to access your perfectly designed customer journey. If your team embers can understand the barriers and communicate with a hard of hearing or deaf customer, that person will gain a positive experience of your company. You benefit from increased customer opportunities and accessing a new market by understanding how to make your promotions and offers more accessible, increasing sales.

02. Your workforce will be more inclusive:
If someone joins the team who is hard of hearing or deaf and communicates in sign language, they will feel more included if staff members have some knowledge of sign language. The team will also feel more confident in approaching their deaf teammates.

03. Supporting each other:
If you include sign language training as part of your workplace development programme, it could be fun to foster a “sign language only” the hour in the afternoon where those who need to speak to each other can sign. This will give hearing members of staff the chance to practice their new skills with each other and deaf colleagues the opportunity to offer support and be more fully involved in their team’s development.

04. A chance to develop empathy:
One of the most important soft skills you can adopt in the workplace is empathy. Learning sign language or any other language is a fast track to becoming more empathic. As a language learner, the struggles that come with not being able to communicate fluently mean you experience a sense of humility. This means that, if someone joins the team whose first language is not English, co-workers will know to adapt their speech and gesturing to help the newcomer understand better.

05. Improving non-verbal communication skills:
Important non-verbal signals can be frustrating. Being able to read another’s body language helps you know your next move in a business situation, so honing those skills is vital for a successful outcome. By learning sign language, your team will improve their ability to pick up on non-verbal cues and will therefore become a better asset in the boardroom or on the sales floor.

These are just a few great reasons to implement Basic Sign Language training among the staff members in the companies. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre conducted training in Basic Sign Language from March to May 2021 for staff members of companies. Ms. Chammi Dias and Mr. Janaka Sampath were the Trainers for this certificate course.

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Participants receiving certificate
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Online training
Online training
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Participants receiving certificate
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Online training
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MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Administrative Vice President – Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter