R chief of Aitken Spence appreciates the work done by The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on disability

H R chief of Aitken Spence appreciates the work done by The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on disability

 

HR Chief of Aitken Spence, Mr. RohanPandithakoralage appreciates the work done by EFC Network on Disability. Read the article:

 

Article:rohan p article

 

ManiqueGunaratne

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

 

 

‘WORKING TOGETHER TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION FOCUSING ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES’

‘Working together to promote diversity and inclusion
focusing on people with disabilities’

 

It was an evening to bring together people with disabilities and people with not yet with a disability. It is nothing about us without us. Always it should be inclusion. Leonard Cheshire Disability and Western Seaton Cheshire Home, Negomboorganised a conference on ‘Working together to promote diversity and inclusion focusing on people with disabilities at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in November 2015. The welcome address was by Mr. Anthony Fernando,

Chairman, Leonard Cheshire Disability -Regional Council –Asia and

National Council- Sri Lanka.Ms. RevathyRugmini, Regional Representative, Leonard Cheshire Disability Asia and Pacific spoke on Setting the Context. Inaugural address was done by Major General GaminiHettiarachchi (retd), Chairman/CEO of Vocational Training Authority. Dr. SanthiyapillaiKeethaponkalan, Manager, Wester Seaton Cheshire Home spoke on the Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities – Initiatives of Wester Seaton Cheshire Homes. The presentation on Inclusion matters – focusing on empowerment of people of all abilities was done by Advocate of Design for Inclusion and Accessibility Advisor,Dr. Ajith C S Perera. Mr. Sydney Dabare,Principal, German Technical Training Institute, Borella spoke on Exploring skill development opportunities of persons with disabilities. Major SurenBandara, HR Manager Global Intimates shared his experience on Work place inclusion and challenges faced by him. Inclusion from a development and Human rights perspective was done by Ms. Nadia Cannata, Programme Manager – Action Head of Operations, European Union. Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sri Lanka explained the Scope of workplace inclusion of persons with disabilities. Mr. Chaminda Kumar (Person with orthopedic disability) shared his experience as an employee with a disability. Donor perspective to promote inclusion was done by Mr. Damian Fernando– Secretary, Sri Lanka Association of Parents of Deaf Children. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability spoke on employment opportunities for vision impaired persons. Issues and challenges when Empowering persons with disabilities was done by Mrs. KumudhuSumedhaSanjeevani Senior Lecturer University of Kelaniya. Finally there was a discussion on reasonable accommodation.

 

Picture descriptions:

1 At the head table.

at the head table

2 Conference.

l c programme

3 Lighting of the oil lamp.

lighting the lamp

4 Manique making the presentation at the head table.

manique making presentation with head table

5 Manique making the presentation.

manique making presentation

6 Participants at the conference.

participants

7 Presenting the plaque to Manique.

presenting the plark

 

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Tel. – 0094112867966

UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND TOGETHER WITH EFC ICT TRAINING CENTRE DEVELOPES A MOBILE APPLICATION ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH FOR VISION IMPAIRED AND HEARING IMPAIRED PERSONS

United nations population fund together with efc ict training centre developes a mobile application on reproductive health for vision impaired and hearing impaired persons

 

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the lead UN agency that expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy sexual and reproductive lives. They are on the ground improving lives in more than 140 countries, delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

Since the establishment of UNFPA Sri Lanka in 1969, the agency has been working with the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure rights of men, women and young people to sexual and reproductive health information and services to live healthy lives.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities assists developers, researchers and all manufacturing assistive devices for persons with disabilities with knowledge, experiences, technical and accessibility support.

Sexual and reproductive health remains a big challenge for today’s young people in Sri Lanka. Most of these young people lack accurate information about reproductive health and contraception putting them at risk from unwanted pregnancies, STIs and HIV and AIDS.

People with disabilities are marginalized from society due to their inability to access sensitive information regarding their sexual and reproductive wellbeing easily and discreetly. Of the total population aged five years and over (18.6 million) in Sri Lanka, 1,617,924 persons were those with at least one of the six disability domains defined by the Census (disabilities in seeing, disabilities in hearing/speaking, disabilities in hands, disabilities in legs, other physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities). This represented 8.7 per cent of the total of whom 43 per cent were males and 57 per cent were females (DCS, 2014). Sri Lanka’s highest proportion of disability is related to vision impairment. In this category there were slightly more females than males As Sri Lanka’s population ages, it is also experiencing an increase in disabilities, especially among the adult and older population.

There are virtually no special facilities in schools/other education centers for people with disabilities children/adults in many parts of Sri Lanka. As a part of comprehensive reproductive health education programs in Sri Lanka, UNFPA wants to enables young people with disabilities to make informed decision about their reproductive health. Sexual and reproductive health and rights information accessibility creation for persons with disabilities using specially designed mobile application that caters to adolescents and youth who are unable to see and who  are unable to hear. The main goal of this mobile application is to improve the accessibility of knowledge and awareness of marginalized, adolescents with disabilities and youth in sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka and beyond. The app runs on any iOS and Android phone, and it is free. In addition, it is available in all three languages (English, Sinhala and Tamil) while the content will be edited to suit the Sri Lankan sensitivities. This mobile application contains voice a guild for blind or visually impaired people that will help them get through mobile app content.

ABLE – App, the mobile application was launched in December 2015 at Golden Pond – TajSamudra, Colombo. ‘ABLE’ therefore, tries to create a space where person with disability, especially young people, can obtain the information they need to lead healthier and fuller lives through their personal mobile phone or tablets. The app is made of two sections; the first is titled ‘LEARN’, wherein users can learn about a range of topics, from sexuality and family planning to gender based violence and sexually transmitted diseases. The second is ‘FIND SUPPORT,’ which consists of a comprehensive catalogue of clinics in every city and district of Sri Lanka. Persons with disabilities have the same sexual and reproductive health and rights needs as other people. Yet they often face barriers to information and services. There are virtually no special facilities in schools/other education centers or education materials for people with disabilities children/adults especially for vision impairment in many parts of Sri Lanka /Globally.

So, as a part of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) comprehensive reproductive health education programs in Sri Lanka, they want to enable young people with disabilities to make informed decision about their reproductive health. Sexual and reproductive health and rights information accessibility creation for persons with disabilities using specially designed mobile application that caters to adolescents and youth who are unable to see. UNFPA started this ‘ABLE,’ app concept to address the fact that the person with disability individuals are marginalized from society and often they do not receive proper information about their sexual and reproductive well-being, putting them at risk of unwanted pregnancies and STDs.

People with disabilities are a part of society. UNFPA wants to work towards a future where they are independent and living in a better environment with dignity and justice.”

To download the app and receive updates, search for ‘ABLE UNFPA’ at your mobile store, available on Android and iOS phones.

At the launch of this mobile application for vision impaired and hearing impaired persons the welcome note was delivered by JeyanAbeywickrama, National Programme Analyst of UNFPA. Dr. NadikaChandraratne from Family Health Bureau spoke on Importance of sexual reproductive health. The Usage and the accessibility of the mobile application for persons with disabilities was done by ManiqueGunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities. Arun Jentrick is the Co-ordinator of the Comprehensive and Reproductive Health Education of UNFPA.

 

Picture descriptions:

1 Launch of the mobile application.

application launch

2 EFC Vision impaired and hearing impaired ICT trainees.

e f c trainees group standing

3 EFC trainees at the launch.

e f c trainees

4 Manique making a speech.

manique speach

5 Group of persons with disabilities.

persons with disabilities at taj

ManiqueGunaratne

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,

385 J3 Old Kotte Road,

Rajagiriya,

Sri Lanka.

ACCESS FOR ALL

Access for all

 

We are all persons with disabilities at some time in our lives. A child, a person with a broken leg, a parent with a pram, pregnant mother, an elderly person, etc. are all disabled in one way or another. Those who remain healthy and able-bodied all their lives are few. As far as the built-up environment is concerned, it is important that it should be barrier-free and adapted to fulfill the needs of all people equally. As a matter of fact, the needs of the persons with disabilities coincide with the needs of the majority, and all

People are at ease with them. As such, planning for the majority implies planning for people with varying abilities and disabilities.

The Disability Organisations Joint Front organized a workshop for its member organisations at Help Age Sri Lanka in November 2015. The technical aim of this programme was to provide a barrier-free Environment for the independence, convenience and safety of all people with disabilities and persons with not yet with a disability.

Mr. Cyril Siriwardane and Ms. Maniquegunaratne conducted this workshop. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability conducted the session on “Access to build environment for vision impaired persons”.

 

Picture descriptions:

1 Manique explaining about accessibility.

manique explaining accessibility

2 Manique making a presentation.

manique making presentation

3 Participants at the workshop.

participants

ManiqueGunaratne

CISCO International Trainer for I T E (Information Technology Essentials)

 

CISCO CSR BLOG RECOGNISES THE EMPLOYERS’ FEDERATION OF CEYLON

Cisco csr blog recognises the employers’ federation of Ceylon

 

The Cisco training done for persons with disabilities at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities was recognized by the Cisco CSR blog. Please read the article on:

http://blogs.cisco.com/csr/cisco-networking-academy-empowers-the-disabled-in-sri-lanka

 

ManiqueGunaratne

Co-ordinator – ASSET (Advancing Special Skills for Economic Transformation) Project

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.

 

Picture descriptions:

1 Participants at the workshop.

all participants

2 Group photograph of the participants.

group photograph

3 Manique making a presentation

manique making presentation (1)

 

ManiqueGunaratne

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