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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

EMPLOYMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Established in 1929, the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) is the national employers’ organisation in Sri Lanka. Over the years, we have committed ourselves to adapting to the requirements of a dynamic membership to promote productive employment and social harmony.
The Employers Network on Disability was formed by the EFC with the objective of facilitating employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities in the private sector. Officially launched in 1999, the initiative was supported by the International Labour Organisation. Since then the network is actively serving its purpose by strengthening the link between organisations dealing with disability-related issues, the business community and persons with disabilities.

The Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre was established in 2009 with the objective of training persons with diverse disabilities and developing their employability skills. We play a key role in advocacy and lobbying for the rights of persons with diverse disabilities and our aim is to promote inclusive economic development in all parts of the country thus creating long term sustainable employment and livelihoods for persons with disabilities.

Coats Thread Exports PLC, a member company of EFC provides employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Ms. Pramokshi Fernando with a physical disability was recruited making Coats Thread Exports PLC an inclusive workplace in 2021.

Discussion on employment opportunity
Discussion on employment opportunity
Discussion on employment opportunity
Discussion on employment opportunity
Discussion on employment opportunity
Discussion on employment opportunity

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Member of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities

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

Nameboard of the PS Authority
Nameboard of the PS Authority
The team at the Entrance
The team at the Entrance
Team at the Reception Area
The team at the Reception Area
At the office area
At the office area
 The team at the Reception Area
The team at the Reception Area
Group Photograph
Group Photograph
The team at the entrance
The team at the entrance
Discussion with the staff members
Discussion with the staff members
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
At the reception
At the reception
At the pathway
At the pathway
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Committee Member – SPRINT Committee of Family Planning Association

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

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

ASSISTIVE DEVICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES TO SUPPORT LIVELIHOOD ACTIVITIES

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & #Disability Resource Centre trains persons with disabilities to develop their employability skills and support them in livelihood activities by providing assistive devices. The software and assistive devices unit took another initiative to sponsor a wheelchair to a wheelchair user in a very remote area in Rajanganaya in Anuradhapura district in Sri Lanka. The wheelchair was sponsored by Ms Randima Attygalle and her team. These wheelchairs are manufactured by Rehab Lanka. These wheelchairs are manufactured by persons with diverse disabilities and given to persons with disabilities to be independent in their day to day activities. Sumith met with an accident by falling from a tree and becoming a wheelchair user. With the support of this wheelchair, he will promote his livelihood activities. Sumith is an entrepreneur with a disability who manufactures coconut ikle brooms and spoons. Sumith manufactures these products at his residence. He has a small shop by the side of the main road. He uses this specially designed wheelchair to sell his products.  

Sumith using the wheelchair
Sumith using the wheelchair
Sumith using the wheelchair

Sumith using the wheelchair
Sumith using the wheelchair

Sumith using the wheelchair
Sumith using the wheelchair

Sumith using the wheelchair
Sumith using the wheelchair

Sumith using the wheelchair
Sumith using the wheelchair

Sumith using the wheelchair
Products made by Sumith
Products made by Sumith
Products made by Sumith
Products made by Sumith
Products made by Sumith
Products made by Sumith
Products made by Sumith
Products made by Sumith
Sumith's Shop
Sumith’s Shop
Wheelchair
Wheelchair
Sumith on Wheelchair
Sumith on Wheelchair
Sumith on Wheelchair

Sumith on Wheelchair
 Sumith on Wheelchair 

Sumith on Wheelchair

Manique Gunaratne
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INCLUSIVE RESPONSES TO 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 North Central Province in February 2021. The programme was held at the Sahana Association for the Disabled in Anuradhapura.

Among the areas covered were:

  • Mechanisms behind how violence intersects with gender and disability.
  • Reflection on caregiver’s experience on gender-based violence faced by women with disabilities and awareness on the role and responsibilities of caregivers during pandemics.
  • Challenges and methods to overcome these barriers during the pandemic by women with disabilities concerning gender-based violence.
  • Educating on the support systems available for women with disabilities related to gender-based violence locally.
Group Photograph
Group Photograph
Group Photograph
Group Photograph
Group Photograph
Group Photograph
Introduction of the Programme
Introduction of the Programme
Trainer & The Sign Language Interpreter
Trainer & The Sign Language Interpreter
Awarding Certificate
Awarding Certificate
Awarding Certificate
Awarding Certificate
The participant with Trainer
The participant with Trainer
Awarding Certificate
Awarding Certificate
Preparing the Action Plan
Preparing the Action Plan
Preparing the Action Plan
Preparing the Action Plan
Awarding Certificate
Awarding Certificate
Awarding Certificate
Awarding Certificate
Awarding Certificate
Awarding Certificate
Awarding Certificate
Session on the services available on GBV
Session on the services available on GBV
Participants
Participants
Participants
Participants
Participants
Role Play
Role Play
Role Play
Role Play
Role Play
Role Play
Role Play
Role Play
Role Play
Role Play
Participants and Resource Persons
Participants and Resource Persons
Awarding Certificate
Awarding Certificate
Awarding Certificate
Awarding Certificate
Sign Language Interpretation
Sign Language Interpretation

Manique Gunaratne
Web: http://www.employers.lk