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ILO GLOBAL BUSINESS AND DISABILITY NETWORK

Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon was a speaker at the 5th annual meeting of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network and in the 2nd global meeting of National Business and Disability Networks, held in October 2018 at the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

This annual meeting of National Business and Disability Networks (NBDNs) and their allies provides a unique opportunity to dive deeper into technical exploration of experiences and alliances in at country level. Business and Disability Networks face similar challenges but are in very different institutional positions and stages of development around the world. In this meeting, we learn from each other and see how to collaborate going forward. As such, it is also relevant for organizations looking to strengthen country-specific work on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the private sector.

2017 saw the first global meeting of NBDNs. These networks – which exist in over twenty countries – bring together businesses and other partners to work for disability inclusion.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Group photograph.

2 ILO flags.

3 Manique and Essia.

4 Manique near banner at the conference.

5 Manique with the representative from the Indian Business Network.

6 Manique and Jurgen.

7 Manique at the panel.

8 Manique speaking.

9 Networking lunch.

10 Networking with Business Networks.

11 Steering committee meeting.

12 At the United Nations.

13 At United Nations with UN flags.

14 At United Nations near the logo.

Manique Gunaratne

Supported Employment Officer – Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL PROVIDES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The Employers’ Network on Disability supports persons with disabilities to find employment in private sector companies. In October 2018 Shangri-La Hotel recruited 4 trainees with diverse disabilities from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon training centre.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member – Disability Organisations’ Joint Front

COURSE OF STUDY IN MICROSOFT WORD FOR PERSONS WITH DIVERSE DISABILITIES

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities started a course of study in Microsoft Word for persons with diverse disabilities in August 2018. Persons with vision impairment, low vision, hearing impaired, speech difficulty, physical disability, slow learners and multiple disabilities are included in this training. Up to date 195 persons with disability have registered for this course and out of that 101 trainees have successfully completed the course. The training is conducted by Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired perssons:

1 Group photograph.

2 Group of trainees.

3 Trainee learning with online facility.

4 Manique conducting the training

5 Training ICT skills.

6 Trainee learning with online facility.

 

Manique Gunaratne

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

More people around the world than ever before are studying and learning English because it has become the international language of education and business. In Sri Lanka the knowledge of English Language Communication Skills among persons with disabilities are very low. Therefore, it is very difficult to place persons with disabilities in employment in the private sector. Our aim is to promote learning and support education and professional development for people with diverse disabilities. We work hard to help learners pursue their dreams of higher education or getting a good job in English-speaking environments. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre started a course of study in English Language Communication Skills for 15 persons with diverse (vision impaired, low vision, hearing impaired, hard of hearing, speech difficulties and persons with physical disabilities) disabilities. The trainings will be conducted by a team from the British Welfare Group, Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera. The trainees will be trained in conversational ability utilizing the four skills — listening, speaking, reading and writing according to an international syllabus.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Participants.

2 Resource persons.

 

 

Manique Gunaratne

Mobile – 0094779571918

MIUSA – EFC WILD ASIA 2018 VISIT TO DIYATHA UYANA

The MIUSA WILD team enjoyed one evening at Diyatha Uyana everyone waring the MIUSA t-shirt. It was a fun filled evening with relaxation, shopping and enjoying the accessibility of Diyatha Uyana.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique and Ayasana.

2 Delegates.

3 Participants.

4 Group photograph.

5 Manique and Hemamali.

 

 

Manique Gunaratne

Council Member – Cisco Networking Academy Council

IASC GUIDELINES ON INCLUSION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (APRO), invited Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, to participate in the Regional Consultation with GBV and Gender Actors on the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action at the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn in Bangkok, Thailand in May 2018.

This meeting was co-organized by UNFPA APRO, the South Asia Disability Forum, the Special Talent Exchange Program, Women’s Refugee Commission and International Planned Parenthood Federation.

The objectives of the meeting are to:

 Provide feedback and validate the outline of the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

 Collect existing information, promising practices and other relevant information to support the content development of the Guidelines.

 Identify how organizations of persons with disabilities, gender and GBV actors in the region can contribute to later phases of the Guidelines development and roll-out process.

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

1 At the hotel.

2 Discussion.

3 Table discussions.

4 At the conference.

5 Attending the conference.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Fax – 0094112867946

INCLUDE WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES TO THE MAINSTREAM OF DEVELOPMENT

In December 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability did a presentation on “how to include women with disabilities to the mainstream of development’ at a seminar organized by the Disability Organizations’ Joint Front at Hotel Renuka. The target group was women with disabilities and women with non disabilities.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member – Disability Organisations’ Joint Front

 

 

Children with disabilities perform at the beyond the ability concert

Children with disabilities perform at the beyond the ability concert

 

Global Community Development Program (Incoming), AIESEC Colombo Central (AIESEC in University of Colombo), AIESEC in Sri Lanka organized “Beyond the Ability” concert at New Arts Theatre in University of Colombo. The university students organized this programme as a full day programme for children with disabilities at University of Colombo in March 2016. Children with disabilities enjoyed the morning with the university students playing and other activities where these children thoroughly enjoyed. Evening was their performances. Ms. Miranda Hemalatha trained all the children who performed at the “Beyond the Ability” concert. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon was the chief guest at this event. The programme was sponsored by Glitz. The people in the audience were really amazed by the performances of these children with intellectual disabilities.

 

Picture descriptions:

1 Lighting of the oil lamp.

lighting the oil lamp

2 Chief guest’s speech by Manique

speach

3 Children with disabilities performing.

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4 Talented young children performing.

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5 Dances by the children.

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6 Group performances.

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ManiqueGunaratne

E-mail – manique.g@gmail.com    efc.ict.vip@gmail.com