DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

The Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter together Internet Society Asia Pacific Region organized the “Digital Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities” at Cinnamon Grand Hotel in March 2017.

Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter is a front runner in Sri Lankan Internet Arena from its establishment from the year of 2010. ISOC has conducted many Internet related events, forums, and projects to uplift the standards of living of the people of the Country.

Accessibility is one of core areas that ISOC is concerned in the path to the Next Billionth User. The issues of under connected and unconnected ISOC found that community with disability a hidden area of interest of many activities in the Internet arena. So the Accessibility for the Internet for All is being one of the major topics on ISOC Sri Lanka’s agenda.

During the past ISOC reached persons with disabilities carrying trainings and the attempt is highly appreciated all around the globe. Thus ISOC APAC invited the Sri Lanka Chapter to jointly organise “Accessibility Sri Lanka 2017 “with following objectives.

  • Built capacity of developer’s community on needs and requirements of persons with disabilities.
  • Built capacity of developer’s community on approaches and design practices that would make their services and products accessible.
  • Invite persons with disabilities to speak and share on their accessibility challenges.  Share  best  practices  learned  from  experiences  of  the  local  stake holders  including persons with disabilities.
  • Hear  from  local  stakeholders  including  government  on  their  current  familiarity  and approaches on digital accessibility.
  • Strengthen cooperation and enhance partnerships among organizations working to address common challenges of digital accessibility.
  • Recommend approaches for strengthening policies, institutions and actions.

It was a one day program with two mini-events covered during the day.

The first half of the day was a technical workshop on accessibility, bringing in developer’s community and persons with disabilities for a face-to-face interaction and Accessibility guidelines and design principles (with practical demonstrations / Videos). President of Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter, Ms. Sagarika Wickramasekara and Director of Asia Pacific Internet Society, Mr. Naveed made presentations. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training and Disability Resource Centre conducted the training on “Difficulties faced by persons with disabilities with solutions and design considerations and international standards when surfing the internet”.

The second half of the day was a multi-stakeholders dialogue on digital accessibility issues and solutions.

Discussions were on Technology Issues faced by persons with disabilities including results of 100 top local websites accessibility assessment.

The panelists were Secretary to Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Mr. Wasantha Deshapriya, Mr. Harsha Wijewardane from University of Colombo, Director of Internet Society Asia Pacific Region Mr. Naveed, President Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter Ms. Sagarika Wickramasekara, Secretary of Internet Society Mr. Maheeswara Kirindigoda, Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training and Disability Resource Centre, Major Manjula De Silva from the Sri Lanka Army and Mr. Isuru Sampath.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Participants at the evening session.

2 Group photograph of the morning session.

3 Internet for all banner.

4 Manique with the pannalists at the head table.

5 Manique making a presentation in the morning session.

6 Manique Sagarika and Naveed preparing the programme on the previous day.

7 Manique speaking at the evening session.

8 Manique with the participants.

9 Participants in the morning session.

10 Naveed presenting.

11 Sagarika presenting.

12 Wasantha Deshapriya speaking.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Council Member – Cisco Networking Academy Council

UNIVERSITY OF MORATUWA TRAINS STUDENTS ON ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

UNIVERSITY OF MORATUWA TRAINS STUDENTS ON ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

University of Moratuwa organized a training programme on “Access to Build Environment” for the engineering and architecture students at the faculty in March 2017. The training was conducted by Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training and Disability Resource Centre and Mr. Cyril Siriwardane of the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front. It is very important to train students because they are the people who will be designing and constructing buildings in the future.

 

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique conducting the training.

2 Participants.

Manique Gunaratne

Member – Asia Pacific Women with Disability United

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2012

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2012

 

In November 2012 the Ministry of social Services organized a walk to mark the International Day for Persons with Disabilities which falls on 3rd December. Persons with disabilities in all corners of Sri Lanka participated in this walk. EFC ICT trainees also got the opportunity to participate at this event. At the end of the walk there was a gathering headed by the Minister and the deputy Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Drafting Committee Member – National Action Plan on Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities

 

 

“ONE VOICE” FOR PERSONS WITH INTERLLECTUAL DISABILITIES

“ONE VOICE” FOR PERSONS WITH INTERLLECTUAL DISABILITIES

 

CAMR (Ceylon Association for the Mentally Retarded) organized the workshop on “One Voice” at CAMR office in March 2017. The key note speaker was Dr. Hemamali. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and Ms. Rasanjali Pathirage from APRD conducted the training for parents, teachers and care givers of persons with intellectual disabilities.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique conducting the training.

2 Manique presenting.

3 Nihal Nanayakkara’s speech.

4 Participants.\

5 Rasanjali conducting the training.

(Honoured, Deshabandu) Ms. H.K. Manique Gunaratne

 

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability spoke on “Rights of women with disabilities” on International Women’s Day in March 2017 at the Anduren Eliyata programme produced by Mr. Sujeewa Manage.

 

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

Manique and Sujeewa.

 

Audio:

Manique Gunaratne

Viber: 0094779571918

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability spoke on “Beyond the Reach” on the Anduren Eliyata programme produced by Mr. Sujeewa Manage in March 2017.

 

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

Manique and Sujeewa

 

Audio:

Manique Gunaratne

WhatsAap: 0094779571918

NTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2017

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2017

 

MAS Slimtex Kuliyapitiya organized a series of programmes to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 with its team members. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability did a motivational speech to the team members on this day.

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

1 Celebrating International Women’s day with the team.

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2 Team members appreciating being a great woman.

group photo 2

3 Manique speaking to team members.

manique speaking to team members

4 Management appreciating the great work.

mas management team

5 Waring the great women wrist band.

waring great women wrist band

Manique Gunaratne

Face time: 0094779571918

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

 

Supported Employment is the new concept in placing persons with disabilities in gainful employment. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability together with the other team members who were trained on Supported Employment in Northern Ireland conducted the training for MAS team at MAS Fabrics in March 2017.

 

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

2 Imalka making a presentation.

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3 Manique making a presentation.

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4 Manique with the participants.

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Manique Gunaratne

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