INCORPORATE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES TO THE WORK ENVIRONMENT AT UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBO

Incorporate students with disabilities to the work environment at university of Colombo

 

The Soft Skills Development Unit of University of Colombo took another initiative to develop the soft skills of students with disabilities. Students with non-disabilities get the opportunity to learn them in various methods. But students with disabilities get fewer opportunities to learn soft skills. Vision impaired, hearing impaired and students with physical disabilities were trained at this workshop. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Maheesh for the leadership taken to organize this training. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and Mr. Cyril Sririwardane conducted this workshop. The importance of this workshop was all participants and resource persons were persons with disabilities. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne conducted sessions on Importance of doing a job, job seeking skills, conduct at work place and basic labour laws. Mr. Cyril Siriwardane conducted sessions on what is disability? barriers to inclusion and disability laws and legislations. It was a fruitful programme. Feedback was really impressive.

 

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1 Participants at the workshop.

all participants

2 Group photograph of the participants.

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3 Manique making a presentation

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ManiqueGunaratne

Resource Person to Train, Promote & Develop Information & Communication Technology for Persons with Disabilitie

BRITISH COUNCIL SENSITISE STAFF MEMBERS ON DISABILITY

British council sensitise staff members on disability

 

The British Council took another initiative to include persons with disabilities in their agenda. In November 2015 The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability did another Employer Sensitization programme at the British Council. It was really encouraging to see how much they were interested in making it a place where everyone would like to visit with inclusion.

Staff members were trained on:

  1. Understanding disability
  2. Legislature & Policies for Persons with Disabilities in Sri lanka
  3. Interacting with Persons with Disabilities – “You & Your Customers with Disabilities”– Disability Etiquette, interaction with people who have specific impairments, disability terminology – acceptable and not acceptable words
  4. Access & Technical Specifications for built environments
  5. Disability Communication & Skills – “Inclusion in Your Organisation”
  6. Management Responsibility
  7. How to make the library accessible for all

The response was really good. Majority of the staff members agreed to implement most of the features recommended for them. In the near future the British Council team will make the British Council a place where everyone loves to visit with inclusion.

The workshop was conducted by Ms. ManiqueGunaratne.

 

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1 Group photograph of the participants of staff members group 2.

morning group

2 Manique conducting the workshop.

manique making presentation

3 Group photograph of the staff members group 1.

afternoon group

4 Participants at the workshop.

participants

ManiqueGunaratne

Executive Committee Member – Asian blind Union

 

INTERNATIONAL WHITE CANE DAY 2015

International White cane day 2015

 

The International White Cane day is celebrated every year on 15 October. All organisations working for vision impaired persons celebrated this event. National Forum of Visually Handicapped Women celebrated this event in October at the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped with representatives from Women in Management, International Women’s Society, representatives from the Divisional Secretariat, Father LokendraAbeyratne and vision impaired women.

The Colombo district branch of the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped celebrated this day in November with the representatives of the Lions Club and vision impaired members. A walk was organized from Independence Square to the Lions Club Activity Centre. Thereafter was a gather at the Lions Club Activity Centre. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne from the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability was invited to make a speech on “Significance of the white cane and the international white cane day”.

 

ManiqueGunaratne

Executive Committee Member – Daisy Lanka Foundation

 

 

CISCO WOMEN ROCK IT

 

CISCO Women rock it

 

CISCO launched a new CISCO TV series “Women Rock IT” in November 2015. The Surprising Role Technology Help People and The Planet. This programme is to Rock in with Women who realize their passion helping people and the planet. This programme was held at the Vocational Training Authority. Rocking women in the Technology field were invited as resource persons for this event.     

AlaneCahalane, CEO of Veterinary Specialty Hospital Hong Kong spoke on how Technology played a pivotal role in reviving hopes that a lame bear will walk again.

AnuSridharan, Co-Founder and CEO of NextDrop in India spoke on how technology is being used to solve the impact of an unreliable water delivery service in India.
ManiqueGunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon spoke on how technology has played a major role in life’s of persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka.

MaithreeMalwathegoda, Assistant General Manager Fusion spoke on how a woman would benefit technology in order to have a successful professional and family life in Sri Lanka.

 

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1 Manique making the presentation.

making presentation single

2 Manique highlights the important points.

making presentation

3 Participants at the programme.

participants

ManiqueGunaratne

National Campaigner for Rights of Women with Disabilities – Raising Our Voices for Us

 

 

 

NEEDLE THREADER FOR VISION IMPAIRED PERSONS

Needle threader for vision impaired persons

 

The needle threader is very useful for vision impaired persons to insert the thread into the needle. The vision impaired trainees at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre has the privilege of using the needle threaders. Especially the vision impaired women.

 

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Manique N.T. VTS_01_1

 

ManiqueGunaratne

Founder Members Team – South Asian Women with Disabilities Network

 

 

Ict and cisco training on air through the sri lanka broadcasting corporation

Ict and cisco training on air through the sri lanka broadcasting corporation

 

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation invited The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability to make awareness on disability in the half an hour programme titled “AndurenEliyata” in November 2015. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne spoke about the ICT training done at the ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities. The EFC would like to extend its sincere gratitude to Mr. Sujeewa Manage for providing this great opportunity for the disability community.

 

Programme recording:

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Manique and Sujeewa recording the programme.

manique and sujeewa

ManiqueGunaratne

Head of ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon

 

THE EMPLOYERS’ FEDERATION OF CEYLON REPRESENTS CISCO ACADEMY CONFERENCE AND CISCO AWARDS 2015

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon represents Cisco academy conference and cisco awards 2015

 

Cisco Networking Academy has been partnering with education

Institutions, instructors and students for more than 15 years to build

And shape for future workforce.

This success of this program has been to Instructors of Cisco

Networking Academy. Academy Instructors are critical to create joint impact. The employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities is a CISCO Academy.

The Cisco Networking Academy Conference was held in November 2015 at Cisco office Colombo. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne participated at this conference as a CISCO International Trainer.

The conference was focused on three main topics.

First sharing best practices from the NetAcad Community for the

NetAcad Community. Second was about the NetAcad curriculum and roadmap updates and third, to be inspired by new projects and concepts to come in the Near future around the Internet of Everything.

Internet of Everything’ session was led by Rajiv Niles, Director

Digital Transformation and IOE Acceleration.

Technical breakout Sessions was led by AnanthRao, Technical

Manager APAC

The CISCO Awards 2015 was held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel. The Director General, Mr. KanishkaWeerasinghe and Ms. ManiqueGunaratne participated for the CISCO Awards 2015.

 

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1 Manique at the conference.

at conference

2 Manique at the awards ceremony.

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3 Group photograph of the Instructors

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(Honoured, Desha Bandu) Ms. H.K. ManiqueGunaratne

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVE PUBLICITY FOR SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND THREE WHEELER MODIFICATION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Sri lanka broadcasting corporation give publicity for small business development and three wheeler modification for persons with disabilities

 

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation invited Ms. ManiqueGunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability to do an half an hour programme titled “AndurenEliyata”. She spoke about the Small Business Development programme and the three wheeler modification project done under the ILO International LabourOrganisation) LEED (Local Empowerment through Economic Development) project. There was a good response from the listeners with disabilities. Sending the message across to the grassroots level is very important. I greatly appreciate the initiative taken by Mr. Sujeewa Manage from the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

 

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Manique with Sujeewa recording the programme.

manique and sujeewa

 

ManiqueGunaratne

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