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ACCESS FOR ALL AT RAMBAWA 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), 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 Rambawa Pradeshiya Sabha, in Anuradhapura district,  in North Central Province in November 2021 to give recommendations on how to make the Rambawa Pradeshiya Sabha access for all. Two Advocacy Group discussions were held with persons with disabilities belonging to Rambawa Pradeshiya Sabha and staff members (persons with non-disabilities) of the Pradeshiya Sabha on how to have an inclusive approach when providing services that already exist.

Nameboard
Nameboard
Recommending accessibility at the entrance
Recommending accessibility at the entrance
Recommending accessibility in the office area
Recommending accessibility in the office area
 Recommending Accessibility at the Main Gate
Recommending Accessibility at the Main Gate
Accessibility checking
Accessibility checking
Recommending accessibility at the Library
Recommending accessibility at the Library
Advocacy Group Discussion
Recommending accessibility at the entrance

Recommending accessibility at the entrance
Group Photograph
Group Photograph
 Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
 Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Accessibility checking in the pathway
Accessibility checking in the pathway
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Recommending Accessibility at the Main Gate
Recommending Accessibility at the Main Gate
Recommending Library Accessibility
Recommending Library Accessibility
Recommending accessibility in the office area
Recommending accessibility in the office area
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
 Recommending Accessibility at the Main Gate
Recommending Accessibility at the Main Gate
Recommending accessibility in office area
Recommending accessibility in the office area
Accessibility checking in the pathway
Accessibility checking in the pathway
Recommending Library Accessibility
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Accessibility checking in the pathway
Accessibility checking in the pathway
Recommending library accessibility
Recommending library accessibility

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Vice-Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum

EFC RELEASES BRAILLE AND LARGE PRINT POCKET CALENDARS FOR 2022

It is the time of the year when many look for calendars for the newly dawned year, either for personal use or as a gift. Visually impaired and low-vision people can now find a readable calendar of their own. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre offers free pocket Braille and large print calendars every year.

“It is very important for vision impaired persons to expand their Braille-reading skills. The only method to evaluate the literacy rate of vision impaired persons is Braille.  “Literacy is so important. There are talking devices, but there is nothing quite like the written word. It is so important for blind children and adults to learn to read, just as it is important for sighted people to read. EFC Braille calendars are an absolute must for any blind adult or child on the go. They are fast, easy to use, efficient and a real necessity today.

The EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities removes barriers, creates solutions and expands possibilities so that the visually impaired can achieve their full potential.
The Braille calendars are distributed free among EFC trainees and other vision impaired persons in all corners of the country.

Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Vice President – Sri Lanka Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled

ACCESS FOR ALL AT NUWARAGAM PALATHA CENTRAL 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, 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 Nuwaragam Palatha Central Pradeshiya Sabha, in Anuradhapura district,  in North Central Province in November 2021 to give recommendations on how to make the Nuwaragam Palatha Central Pradeshiya Sabha access for all. Two Advocacy Group Discussions were held with persons with disabilities belonging to Nuwaragam Palatha Central 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.

Sign language interpretation at the Advocacy Group Discussion
Sign language interpretation at the Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion with Sign Language interpretation
Advocacy Group Discussion with Sign Language interpretation
Recommending accessibility for hearing impaired persons in the library
Recommending accessibility for hearing impaired persons in the library
Recommending accessibility for hearing impaired persons in the pathway
Recommending accessibility for hearing impaired persons in the pathway
Recommending wheelchair and vision-impaired accessibility at the entrance
Recommending wheelchair and vision-impaired accessibility at the entrance
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Recommending accessibility for vision impaired persons in the library
Recommending accessibility for vision impaired persons in the library
Measuring the gateway
Measuring the gateway
 Measuring the pathway
Measuring the pathway
Advocacy Group Discussion
Advocacy Group Discussion
Recommending pathway accessibility for vision impaired persons
Recommending pathway accessibility for vision impaired persons
Group photograph
Group photograph
Group photograph
Group photograph

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Country Representative – World Disability and Rehabilitation Professionals’ Association (WDRPA)

ACCESS FOR ALL AT ANURADHAPURA MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

People with disabilities are more likely to suffer anxiety, discomfort, and animosity than the general population. 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, collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC), Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre took the initiative to implement a project on Disability Accessibility Audit and Capacity Building of Local Government Authorities in Sri Lanka. The audit team from EFC led by #Manique Gunaratne, which included persons with diverse disabilities, did a disability accessibility audit at Anuradhapura Municipal Council (MC), in Anuradhapura district,  in North Central Province in November 2021 to give recommendations on how to make the Anuradhapura Municipal Council access for all.
Two Advocacy Group discussions were held with persons with disabilities belonging to Anuradhapura MC and staff members (persons with non-disabilities) of the Municipal Council on how to have an inclusive approach when providing services which already exists.

Team Members
Team Members
Team members at the entrance
Team members at the entrance
Hearing impaired person checking accessibility
Hearing-impaired person checking accessibility
Advocacy group meeting
Advocacy group meeting
Checking accessibility at Nenasala
Checking accessibility at Nenasala
Checking accessibility in the library
Checking accessibility in the library
Checking accessibility in the study area
Checking accessibility in the study area
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Team members
Team members
Advocacy group meeting
Advocacy group meeting
Checking accessibility at the library
Checking accessibility at the library
Checking accessibility at the library
Checking accessibility at the library
Checking accessibility in the pathway
Checking accessibility in the pathway

Manique Gunaratne
Member of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities

SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre organised a programme on Mobilizing Women Leaders with #Disabilities for Inclusive Responses to Gender-Based Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Northern Province in February 2021. The programme was held at the Hotel Ovia in Vavuniya.

The training was conducted with a special focus on the following areas:

  • Discussion on the important areas to including a strategic plan during pandemics.
  • Conceptualizing gender-based violence through a role-play by the participants.
  • Preparation of an action plan on how to mitigate gender-based violence in their communities at provincial level and national level.
  • Introducing the ‘buddying concept’ and assigning ‘best buddies’ appropriately.
  • Registration of women with disabilities to the ‘Be-Safe’ mobile application.
Group Activity
Group Activity
Group Activity
Group Activity
Group Activity
Group Activity
Group Activity
Group Picture
 Group Picture
Group Picture
 Group Picture
Group Picture
Conducting the session with translations
Conducting the session with translations
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
 Conducting the session
Conducting the session
  Conducting the session
Conducting the session
Conducting the session
Conducting the session
Participants
Participants
Participants
Participants
Participants
Participants
Participants
Participants
 Participants
Participants
Standing for the National Anthem
Standing for the National Anthem
Standing for the National Anthem
Standing for the National Anthem
 Standing for the National Anthem
Standing for the National Anthem
 Standing for the National Anthem
Standing for the National Anthem
Roleplay
Roleplay
Roleplay
Roleplay
Roleplay
Roleplay
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Awarding certificates
Project Team
Project Team
Project Team
Project Team

(Honoured, Deshabandu) Manique Gunaratne
Manager – Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon