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.
MANIQUE GUNARATNE Vice President – Sri Lanka Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled
Manique Gunaratne was selected as the top 30 #disability activists in the world. Now in its second year, the D-30 Disability Impact List honors the unique accomplishments of our most impactful community members globally through a nomination and selection process. After receiving almost 300 nominations for more than 125 incredible leaders with disabilities globally, Manique Gunaratne was selected among the 30 disability activists in the World in 2021. 30 people with disabilities doing great work were selected and this can be a catalyst for continuing to advance disability inclusion, leadership, and representation at all levels.
Manique Gunaratne supported Ms Leoni Fernando with a wheelchair to support her daily living activities. The wheelchair was sponsored by Mr Madura Dissanayake. These wheelchairs are manufactured by Rehab Lanka. Rehab Lanka is an organisation manufacturing assistive devices for persons with disabilities. All employees manufacturing these assistive devices are with disabilities.
MANIQUE GUNARATNE Executive Committee Member – Asia Pacific Women with Disability United