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. 7 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, hearing impaired, speech difficulty) successfully completed a course of study in English Language Communication Skills at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre in March 2019. The trainings were conducted by a team from the British Welfare Group, Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera with the support of the #InternationalLabourOrganisationSriLanka. The trainees were trained in conversational ability utilizing the four skills — listening, speaking, reading and writing according to an international syllabus. Up to date 14 persons with diverse disabilities have successfully completed English Language Communication Skills at the training centre.


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1 Group of trainees with Manique and Ayasana.

2 Group of trainees with Manique

3 Group photograph.

Manique Gunaratne

E-mail – maniqueg@empfed.lk     manique.g@gmail.com

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