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ACCESS FOR ALL AT GALNAWA PRADESHIYA SABHA

The team from EFC led by Manique Gunaratne which included persons with diverse disabilities did an disability accessibility checking to give recommendations at Galnawa Pradeshiya Sabha, in Anuradhapura district,  in North Central Province in December 2021 to give recommendations on how to make the Galnawa Pradeshiya Sabha access for all.

2 Advocacy Group discussions were held with persons with disabilities belonging to Galnawa Pradeshiya Sabha and staff members (persons with non-disabilities) of the Pradeshiya Sabha on how to have an inclusive approach when providing services which already exists. People with disabilities are more likely than the general population to suffer anxiety, discomfort, and animosity. To a significant measure, such attitudes arise from a lack of understanding of disability and what it’s like to live in a world with individuals who do not share that experience. Therefore, this initiative greatly supported to bring a change to create an inclusive approach.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & #Disability Resource Centre in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and  the European Union (EU) took the initiative to implement a project to provide recommendations on Disability Accessibility and Capacity Building of Local Government Authorities in Sri Lanka. This project is part of an initiative supported under the Capacity Development of Local Governments (CDLG) project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka with the financial assistance of the European Union (EU).

Galnawa Nameboard
Galnawa Nameboard
Team Members
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Galnawa Public Library
Galnawa Public Library
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
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Advocacy Group Discussion
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Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
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Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
CISCO International Trainer for I T E (Information Technology Essentials) and CCNA (Cisco Computer Network Associates)

VISION IMPAIRED PERSONS ARE SUPPORTED WITH BRAILLE PAPERS AND WHITE CANES

Vision impaired persons use the white cane as an eye. The sense of touch is felt by the tip of the white cane and thereby through sense they find their way. During the Second World War large number of soldiers became vision impaired. During that period Mr. Richard E. Hoover invented the white cane to rehabilitate the soldiers. Since then the white cane is used around the world as an assistive device for vision impaired persons.

In 1969 The International Federation of the Blind which is now known as the World Blind Union had its annual general meeting at Galle Face Hotel in Sri Lanka. At that meeting it was decided to declare 15 October as the International White cane Day. Since then each year on 15 October the International White Cane Day is celebrated around the world.

The white cane is divided into three parts.
01. The grip
The grip is the top part of the white cane and it is made out of rubber so that it is shock proof.
02. The Shaft
The shaft is the middle part of the white cane which is made out of one inch aluminum pipe.
03. The Tip
Bottom part of the white cane is called the tip which is made out of nylon rod.

Using the White Cane
Using the White Cane

The colour of the white cane is white because it can be seen at a longer distance for sighted persons. 6 inches from the bottom of the white cane is coloured in red to indicate that it is a blind person. 18 inches from the bottom is coloured in red in order to indicate that it is used by a deaf blind person. The weight of a white cane is 230 to 280g.

A white cane helps a vision impaired person to go to the destination he wants independently, safely and with the minimum period of time. When a vision impaired person takes a white cane into his hand, he or she should decide where am I? where should I go and how I am going. Gate pattern is very important to walk with the white cane, which consist of body balance and the walk pattern. When you keep the left leg forward the tip of the white cane should touch the right edge of the body width. There are technics for ascending, descending, walk through narrow ways, gliding, find gateways, walk through payments, crossing the road etc.  It is very important a vision impaired person to be independent with a white cane. Otherwise they will become double dependent.

Braille papers are important for vision impaired persons to write Braille in a Braille slate and in the Braille Writer. It is a thick paper which assist to write Braille which will last a long period of time.

Braille Papers & White Cane
Braille Papers & White Cane

The Inner Wheel Club of Colombo together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre donated Braille papers and white canes for vision impaired persons in October 2021 to mark the International White Cane day.

Logos of the Sponsors
Logos of the Sponsors
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Participants on Screen
Participants on Screen
Logo of the Sponsor
Logo of the Sponsor
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Conducting the Programme
Conducting the Programme
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Conducting the Programme
Conducting the Programme
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Conducting the Programme
Conducting the Programme
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Participants on Screen
Participants on Screen
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Participants on Screen
Participants on Screen
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Session in Progress
Session in Progress
Session in Progress
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MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Advisory Board Member – 18+ Alliance for Care Leavers (SOS Children’s Village)

ACCESS FOR ALL AT WORLD FOOD PROBRAMME

People with disabilities are more likely to experience anxiety, discomfort, and hostility than the general population. To a large extent, such attitude stems from ignorance about disability and what it’s like living in a world with people who do not share that same experience.

Manique Gunaratne and the team from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre conducted and disability accessibility Audit at the UN World Food Programme Office in November 2021.  The audit’s technical objective was to provide feedback and recommendations to The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on how to provide a barrier-free, safe environment for people with disabilities to access their services.

The requirement for the Accessibility Audit was to make the UN World Food Programme Office in Sri Lanka premises accessible to include persons with disabilities in all their programmes and create an inclusive workplace.

Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
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Accessibility Checking
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Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
Accessibility Checking
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Team Members
Accessibility Checking

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Steering Committee Member – International Labour Organisation Global Business Disability Network

ACCESS FOR ALL AT MADAWACHCHIYA PRADESHIYA SABHA

In collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union (EU) and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC), the Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre took the initiative to implement a project to provide recommendations on Disability Accessibility and Capacity Building of Local Government Authorities in Sri Lanka.

The team from EFC led by Manique Gunaratne which included persons with diverse disabilities did disability accessibility checking to give recommendations at Madawachchiya Pradeshiya Sabha, in Anuradhapura district,  in North Central Province in November 2021 to give recommendations on how to make the Madawachchiya Pradeshiya Sabha access for all.

Two Advocacy Group discussions were held with persons with disabilities belonging to Madawachchiya Pradeshiya Sabha and staff members (persons with non-disabilities) of the Pradeshiya Sabha on how to have an inclusive approach when providing services which already exist. People with disabilities are more likely than the general population to suffer anxiety, discomfort, and animosity. To a significant measure, such attitudes arise from a lack of understanding of disability and what it’s like to live in a world with individuals who do not share that experience. Therefore, this initiative greatly supported bringing a change to create an inclusive approach.

Madawachchiya Pradeshiya Sabha (Nameboard)
Madawachchiya Pradeshiya Sabha (Nameboard)
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Team Members
Team Members
 Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
 Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
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Checking Accessibility
 Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMBhDQ516xwVr86zKLM1HUw

PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURS WITH DISABILITIES

Ms. Manique Gunaratne spoke on “Promoting entrepreneurs with disabilities” at the UNESCAP conference in July 2021.   The presentation focused on the Overview of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon with a focus on its work in supporting entrepreneurs with disabilities, including female entrepreneurs; good practices, challenges faced and lessons learned in developing and implementing programmes to support entrepreneurs.

Conducting the session
Conducting the session
Meeting Screen
Meeting Screen
Conducting the session
Conducting the session
Meeting Screen
Meeting Screen
Conducting the session
Conducting the session
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Meeting Screen
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Conducting the session
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Meeting Screen
Conducting the session
Conducting the session
Meeting Screen
Meeting Screen

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,
385 J3 Old Kotte Road,
Rajagiriya,
Sri Lanka.

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITY

Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Mr. Yasal Samarajeewa spoke on “Microsoft Excel training for persons with #disability at a half an hour programme titled “Anduren Eliyata” produced by Mr. Sujeewa Manage at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in October 2021.

Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio
Programme recording at the SLBC Studio

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Board Member – Navajeevana Rehabilitation

ACCESS FOR ALL AT GALINBINDUNUWEWA PRADESHIYA SABHA

People with disabilities are more likely than the general population to suffer anxiety, discomfort, and animosity. To a significant measure, such attitudes arise from a lack of understanding of disability and what it’s like to live in a world with individuals who do not share that experience. As a result, in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union (EU) and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC), Specialised Training & #Disability Resource Centre took the initiative to implement a project to provide recommendations on Disability Accessibility and Capacity Building of Local Government Authorities in Sri Lanka. The team from EFC led by Manique Gunaratne which included persons with diverse disabilities did disability accessibility checking to give recommendations at Galinbindunuwewa Pradeshiya Sabha, in Anuradhapura district,  in North Central Province in December 2021 to give recommendations on how to make the Galinbindunuwawa Pradeshiya Sabha access for all. Two Advocacy Group discussions were held with persons with disabilities belonging to Galinbindunuwewa Pradeshiya Sabha and staff members (persons with non-disabilities) of the Pradeshiya Sabha on how to have an inclusive approach when providing services which already exists.

Accessibility checking in the pathway
Accessibility checking in the pathway
 Accessibility checking in the entrance
Accessibility checking in the entrance
Audit Team
Audit Team
Accessibility checking in the library
Accessibility checking in the library
Accessibility checking at the reception
Accessibility checking at the reception
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Accessibility checking at the entrance
Accessibility checking at the entrance
Accessibility checking in the lobby area
Accessibility checking in the lobby area
Accessibility checking in the office area
Accessibility checking in the office area
Accessibility checking in the pathway
Accessibility checking in the pathway
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
CISCO International Trainer for I T E (Information Technology Essentials) and CCNA (Cisco Computer Network Associates)


SOFT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITY

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre together with Manchester International conducted a Soft Skills Development training for women titled “Fem Train” from September to November 2021. The “Fem Train” programme included women with disabilities. Women with disabilities were trained in soft skills to develop their employability skills.

Awarding the Certificate
Awarding the Certificate
Employment Session
Employment Session
 Employment Session
Employment Session
Group Photograph
Group Photograph

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Steering Committee Member – International Labour Organisation Global Business Disability Network