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

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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

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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.

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3 Manique speaking to team members.

manique speaking to team members

4 Management appreciating the great work.

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5 Waring the great women wrist band.

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Manique Gunaratne

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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/

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT TO SEE INCLUSION AND SEE THE GAPS

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT TO SEE INCLUSION AND SEE THE GAPS

 

The Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment (NIUSE) organized a series of training workshops and associated practitioner observation study visits in Belfast, Northern Ireland in November – December 2016 related to Supported Employment for individuals at disadvantage in accessing employment due to disability.

NIUSE is a non-governmental organisation promoting employment and vocational training opportunities for people with disabilities and people from other disadvantaged situations through the Supported Employment model. The Supported Employment model assists people with significant disabilities to access and stay in employment in the open labour market by providing individualised and on-going support. NIUSE is a membership based organisation representing persons with diverse disabilities organisations (physical, learning, mental health, sensory and hidden disabilities) from across Northern Ireland.

Along with attending the training workshops and associated practitioner observation study visits, and also to organise meetings and visits to a range of Supported Employment organisations as well as meeting with relevant Government Departments and agencies (i.e. Department for Communities, Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety). NIUSE has also links with third level academic institutions, such as Queens University and the University of Ulster across a number of faculties if our organization would wish to form links.

In addition, NIUSE currently holds the Presidency of the European Union of Supported Employment (www.euse.org) through Margaret Haddock who is the Chair of NIUSE.

Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability along with academics of University of Kelaniya, academics of University of Sri Jayawardanapura, Manager from Mas Holdings and Principal of the Naffeel School for the Deaf and Blind were trained in Supported Employment.

It was a great opportunity to meet with her and to further develop links with National Associations of Supported Employment across Europe for organisations and Sri Lanka.

Supported Employment will support the “See Inclusion see the gaps project.  SEE Inclusion SEE the Gaps is a ten-year project initiated by the Centre for Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya and the Coordinating Centre for Students with Disabilities at the University of Kelaniya to work towards bridging the gaps that give rise to barriers for individuals with disability to access education and employment. The gaps to inclusion often result from a lack of practical support frameworks and mechanisms for people with disabilities to gain active participation and equal opportunities for education and employment. The project SEE Inclusion SEE the Gaps will work to create partnerships to establish these frameworks and mechanisms and their practical application in Sri Lanka. It is a three-part project addressing the gaps in the constructs of self, education and employment at the levels of knowledge creation, dissemination, skill development and attitudinal ideologies.

University of Kelaniya organised a programme to thank all the stakeholders who supported the project and to discuss the importance of developing the carder of Supported Employment Officers at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in February 2017.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Conference theme.

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2 Manique Gunaratne speaking at the panel.

manique speaking with a smile

3 Group photograph of the Supported Employment Officers.

supported employment team

Manique Gunaratne

TALENTS OF SANDARUWAN

TALENTS OF SANDARUWAN

 

Sandaruwan Piyawansa is an ICT trainee of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities. Apart from his ICT skills he has a born talent to do portraits. Everyone visiting the ICT Training Centre gives good recommendations about his talents by seeing the picture drawn by him of Manique Gunaratne which has been kept at the centre.  Sandaruwan is a wheel chair user due to a spinal cord injury. If anyone wishes to draw a picture of you please contact Sandaruwan Piyawansa on 0778528189.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

Portrait of Manique by Sandaruwan.

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Manique Gunaratne

E-mail – manique.g@gmail.com    efc.ict.vip@gmail.com