Category Archives: Vision Impaired Persons

“WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES AND ACCESS TO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES: THROUGH THE LENS OF GENDER BUDGETS”,

UN Women invited Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon to the launch of the research report on “Women with Disabilities and Access to Economic Opportunities: Through the Lens of Gender Budgets”, together with  the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Sri Lanka.

The report launch was held at Hotel Taj Samudra in February 2019. The study is the first of its kind which examines public policies and budgetary gaps from a gender and disability perspective in relation to employment and economic opportunities.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique and Ayasana.

2 Banner.

Manique Gunaratne

Manager – Specialise Training and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon

QUALITY OF LIFE AND EMPLOYABILITY POTENTIAL OF VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS

A research team from the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) planned to conduct a comprehensive research project aimed at investigating quality of life and employability potential of visually impaired persons in Sri Lanka.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon participated at this information sharing session.

This research aims to address three knowledge areas with respect to managerial and socio-economic implications of Visually Impaired Persons in Sri Lanka. The broad objectives are:

To determine the current status of prevalence of Visually Impaired Persons and the scope of the service provision toward empowering them and support their social inclusion in Sri Lanka. This attempt is aimed at exploring the extent of service gaps and their unmet need.

To develop and validate a comprehensive instrument for determining their quality of life as applicable to socio-economic standards and cultural dimensions prevailing in Sri Lanka. This could lead to examine how far securing employment would result in enhancing their quality of life.

To develop a mapping model of their employability potential and the job market opportunities. This exercise is attempted taking into account the possessed and impartible skills of Visually Impaired Persons in Sri Lanka and the potential job roles apposite to them.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique and Ayasana.

2 Participants at the meeting.

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member – Disability Organisations’ Joint Front

 

 

EFC RELEASES BRAILLE AND LARGE PRINT POCKET CALENDARS FOR 2019

It is the time of the year when many look for calendars for the newly dawned year, either for personal use or as a gift. Visually impaired and low-vision people can now find a readable calendar of their own. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon’s (EFC) ICT Training Centre offers free pocket Braille and large print calendars every year. The first Braille and large print calendar for 2019 was handed over to the Director General, EFC, Mr. Kanishka Weerasinghe by Ms. Manique Gunaratne.

“It is very important for vision impaired persons to expand their Braille-reading skills. The only method to evaluate the literacy rate of vision impaired persons is Braille.  “Literacy is so important. There are talking devices, but there is nothing quite like the written word. It is so important for blind children and adults to learn to read, just as it is important for sighted people to read. EFC Braille calendars are an absolute must for any blind adult or child on the go. They are fast, easy to use, efficient and a real necessity today.

The EFC ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities removes barriers, creates solutions and expands possibilities, so that persons with disabilities can achieve their full potential.

The Braille calendars are distributed free among EFC ICT trainees and other vision impaired persons in all corners of the country.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

Manique Gunaratne handing over the first Braille calendar to Mr. Kanishka Weerasinghe.

Manique Gunaratne

Advisory Board – CENWOR Employment for Women with Disabilities Project

STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION WITH BOOKSHARE AND ENABLE INDIA

DAISY Lanka Foundation together with Bookshare and Enable India conducted a Stakeholder Consultation for organisations working for vision impaired persons at the University of Colombo in December 2018.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

  1.  Ms. Samudra Gamage, Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member for Advocacy and Lobbying for Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Sri Lanka Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled

 

E-BOOK EDITING BY BOOKSHARE

Bookshare introduced its services in Sri Lanka. They offer free memberships to all end users in Sri Lanka.

This way, all books produced in Sri Lanka can be made available from this single platform + more than 450000 titles available on Bookshare.

In order to achieve the above, the Bookshare team visited Sri Lanka in December 2018 and partnered with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. It is the first time in the history that Sri Lankan vision impaired community got the opportunity to get the Bookshare Library membership free of cost.

The Bookshare team was accompanied by a team from Enable India [www.enableindia.org]

Who is India’s leading organization working for Digital Literacy and Employment for persons

With visual Impairment.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with the #InternationalLabourOrganisationSriLanka (ILO) and Bookshare conducted a training on e-book editing for 20 participants who have a passion in creating e-books in accessible formats for vision impaired persons and people with print disabilities in December 2018 at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. Participants were trained on how to create e-books in English, Sinhala and Tamil languages. The participants were also sensitized on   Orientation and skill development of persons with Visual and print disabilities for accessing bookshare system, granting free membership, membership roles and procedure for bookshare and Digital literacy.

With more and more titles being uploaded in more languages, Bookshare is the world’s most popular source of accessible reading resource for more than 5,50,000 print disabled individuals.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Ayasana training participants.

2 Dr. Homiyor and Manique with the audience.

3 Dr. Homiyor and Manique.

4 Dr. Homiyor and Manique conducting the training.

5 Dr. Homiyo, manique  and asoka.

6 Manique with the participants.

7 Participantss attending the session (View from the back)

8 Front view of the participants.

9 Participants speaking.

10 Practical session.

 

11 Teaching e-book editing.

12 Ms. Zenath from Bookshare conducting the session.

Manique Gunaratne

Manager – Specialise Training and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon

 

“READING WITHOUT SEEING”

Enable India is one of India’s premier NGO’s which specializes in conducting Awareness workshops and trainings for Digital Literacy for vision impaired persons. (www.enableindia.org)

Enable India is being partnered by Bookshare for conducting “Reading without Seeing” workshops across India and neighbouring countries.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with the #InternationalLabourOrganisationSriLanka (ILO), Bookshare and Enable India conducted the “Reading without Seeing” training to give vision impaired persons a unique experiential training at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon in December 2018.

30 vision impaired participants got the opportunity to experience:

– Challenges of Reading and Writing.

– Effects of not being able to Read and Write.

– Solutions for Reading and Writing.

– Demonstration of Modern technology.

– Hands on experience of using common tools for reading and writing.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Ayasana giving the mike to participants to speak.

2 Ayasana.

3 Chamod, Wanamali and Ruwani attending the session.

4 Handing over training materials and software tools by Mr. Shankar from Enable India to Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.

5 Dr. Homiyor from Bookshare conducting the training.

6 Manique at the Resource panel.

7 Manique together with  Dr. Homiyor and Ms. Zenath from Bookshare.

8 Manique and Dr. Homiyor.

9 Manique and Sanjaya from India.

10 Manique speaking.

11 Mr. Mosus from Enable India conducting the session.

12 Mosus and Zenath.

13 Participants speaking.

14 Front view of the participants.

15 Side view of the participants.

16 Participants with resource person from India.

17 Participants.

18 Group photograph of the resource persons.

19 Mr. Sanjaya from India conducting the session.

20 Sanjaya presenting.

21 Sanjaya conducting the session with the participants.

22 Ms. Zenath from Bookshare conducting the session.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Manager – Specialise Training and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon

ASIAN BLIND UNION GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

In February 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne represented Sri Lanka at the Asian Blind Union General Assembly which comes once in four years. The General Assembly was held in New Delhi, India. There were delegates from South Asian, Middle East and Central Asian countries. The General Assembly was held at Hotel City Park in New Delhi. On the first day there was a conference for visually impaired women in the Asian Blind Union region. Ms. Manique Gunaratne did a presentation on “Participation of blind women in the Asian region”. On the second day there was a workshop on “UNCRPD”. On the third day there was election for office bearers for the executive committee of the Asian Blind Union. Ms. Manique Gunaratne was selected as an Executive Committee member of the Asian Blind Union. It is a great achievement for the country.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Web: www.employers.lk

INTERNATIONAL WHITE CANE DAY 2017

The School for the Blind, Ratmalana organized a function to celebrate the International White cane Day for the students. It was a colourful event with cultural events by the vision impaired students. The students conducted the programme and made speeches on the significant of the white cane. Students received gifts for winning competitions organized with relevant to the significance of the white cane day. The Chief guest at and the Guest Speaker of this event was Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 School band with the banner.

2 Lighting of the oil lamp.

3 Manique making a speech.

4 Flowers by the students.

5 Students welcoming the chief guest.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Blog: http://efcnetworkondisability.employers.lk/

SHIATSU – ACUPRESSURE BY VISUALLY IMPAIRED THERAPIST

Home Visits by vision impaired therapists for Therapy which covers various acute problems such as Headaches, Joint Pains, Fatigue, sleeplessness, Stiffness, Back pains etc.

 

Benefits:

Helps with Fatigue and Overall Weaknesses.

Improves Blood Circulation.

Reduces Stress, Anxiety and Depression.

Relief to Arthritis Sufferers.

Help with Stiff Neck, Shoulders and Backaches (Including Sciatica).

Helps with Coughs, Colds, Sinus and Respiratory Issues.

Helps to Maintain a Healthy Body.

 

These vision impaired therapists have also developed their ICT skills at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre.

For all your therapy requirements please contact:

Mr. Sandun Amila on 0779224192   0716351487

Mr. Priyantha Kosala on 0712696290

Mr. Pradeep Perera on 0716036359

Mr. Anusha Dissanayake on 0702517532

Mr. Wijaya Kumar on 0778680559

Mr. Aruna Mahesh Premachandra on 0779541435   0711061975

 

Manique Gunaratne

Founder Members Team – South Asian Women with Disabilities Network

ICT TRAINING FOR VISION IMPAIRED PERSONS IN VAVUNIYA

In August 2012 The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon started the second phase of the I.C.T. training in Vavuniya (North of Sri Lanka, in war affected areas). 8 visually impaired persons were trained in Information & Communication skills for 6 months with the support of the International Labour Organisation. One of the trainees who have under gone training at the Rajagiriya training centre is the Instructor at the Vavuniya training centre. Ms. Manique Gunaratne conducts online training and visit the centre periodically for monitoring.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

Group photograph

Manique Gunaratne

Member – Asia Pacific Women with Disability United