The EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre started a course of study in
Microsoft Excel for a group of 15 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially
sighted, deaf and hard of hearing, physical disabilities, wheel chair users, multiple disabilities
and persons with learning disabilities) in January 2020.
Since its inception in 1999, the Network on Disability of the Employers’ Federation of
Ceylon (EFC) has taken strides, notably in the fields of ICT training, language and skills
training and economic empowerment. The ICT Training Centre of the EFC which was
launched in 2009 with the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is the
nucleus of the Network on Disability. Embracing the vision of ‘productive employment
through social harmony’, its objective is to develop the employability skills of persons with
diverse disabilities in the country.
Under the guidance of Ms. Manique Gunaratne, it has benefited school leavers, job seekers,
undergraduates and those employed from all corners of the Island.
The Training Centre fully equipped with devices specially designed for persons with
disabilities and other software, also collaborates with Curtin University of Technology in
Australia and SLIIT (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology) Malabe. The programs
are also recognized by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) and
within the EFC membership.
The Training Centre conducts 23 courses for persons with disabilities.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Manique conducting the session with sign language interpretation.

2 Group photograph.

Manique Gunaratne
Tel. – 0094117801801

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