WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES SPEAK FOR THEIR RIGHTS

Women with diverse disabilities in all corners of Sri Lanka got the opportunity to speak for their rights at a programme organised by the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front at Hotel Sapphire in July 2019. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon conducted the session on “Difficulties faced by vision impaired women and possible solutions”.

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique conducting the session.

 

2 Manique and Rasanjali

3 Manique presenting.

4 Participants.

Manique Gunaratne

Viber: 0094779571918

EFC LOW VISION TRAINEES ARE SUPPORTED WITH HAND MAGNIFIERS

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre in partnership with the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front and Syloan Centre for the Blind in Korea donated hand magnifiers to EFC trainees in July 2019. Low vision trainees are now able to read documents with the support with these magnifiers. Job seekers, university students and low vision persons who are employed are now able to read documents with the support of these magnifiers. Ms. Manique Gunaratne handed over the magnifiers to the trainees.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

Trainees receiving magnifiers from Ms. Manique Gunaratne.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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

STAY SAFE ONLINE

The Ministry of Telecommunications & Digital Infrastructure together with the Diversity Collective Lanka organised a programme to educate women, children, youth and the society on how to stay safe online at Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla in June 2019. The Honourable Minister, Mr. Ajith Perera was the Chief Guest at this programme. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon was a panellist to speak on “How to stay safe online for women with disabilities”.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique at the panel.

2 Manique speaking.

3 panellists.

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Manique Gunaratne

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

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES GET INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT EFC MEMBER COMPANIES

The Employers’ Network on Disability was initiated in 1999 to develop employability skills of persons with disabilities and to provide employment opportunities. Stafford Motors is a member of the Network on Disability as well as an active member of the Steering Committee. They provided an Internship opportunity for a hearing-impaired graphic designer in August 2019 to complete his NVQ level certification.

 

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

Graphic designer

Manique Gunaratne

Web: www.employers.lk

 

TECHNOPRENEURSHIP FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Cisco Sri Lanka and City Bank trained 14 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, hearing impaired persons, physical disabilities and multiple disabilities) in Technopreneurship for Social Change in July 2019. The objective of this programme is to develop entrepreneurs with disabilities. Persons with disabilities were given the knowledge on Charging for expertise, starting a business, making a business successful, taking the initiative, enabling an e-business, providing out source services, business structures and financial literacy.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Participants doing exams at the training centre.

2 Manique with the participants.

 

3 Chammi supporting  the hearing impaired participants with sign language.

4 Group activities.

 

5 Group photograph.

6 Group activity of hearing impaired persons.

7 Manique presenting.

8 Participants at the training room.

9 Participants at the auditorium.

 

10 Ralani from UNDP conducting the session.

Manique Gunaratne

Fax – 0094112867946

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME ENTREPRENEURS

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability took another initiative in the disability field. EFC is planning to support persons with disabilities to expand their businesses. The common trend in the society is to grant self-employment aid which has a charity based approach. When self-employment aid is granted there is no proper mechanism to monitor the growth of the business. Also persons with disabilities have a mindset of a charity approach. But it is very important to have a right based approach.  A group of 11 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, hearing impaired, speech difficulty, physical disabilities and multiple disabilities) successfully completed a course of study in Small Business Development in June 2019. The trainees were trained on how to prepare a proper business plan and they will be granted low interest loans to expand their businesses. It is very important to have entrepreneurs with disabilities. In 2015 under the ILO (International Labour Organisation) LEED (Local Empowerment through Economic Development) project EFC granted interest free loans for 30 persons with diverse disabilities from the North of Sri Lanka.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique Gunaratne conducting the session.

2 Group photograph.

3 Sign language support for hearing impaired persons.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Mobile – 0094779571918

A group of persons with diverse disabilities successfully completed a course of study in stress management

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre in partnership with the National Institute for Mental Health conducted a training in Stress Management. 14 persons with diverse (vision impaired, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, physical disability and slow learners) disabilities successfully completed the training in July 2019. The training was conducted by Mr. Pradeep Gunaratne.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Trainees at a session.

2 Group photograph.

3 Mr. Pradeep Gunaratne conducting the session.

 

Manique Gunaratne

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,

385 J3 Old Kotte Road,

Rajagiriya,

Sri Lanka.