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ACCESS FOR ALL AT ELAHERA 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 Elahera Pradeshiya Sabha, in Polonnaruwa district,  in North Central Province in January 2022 to give recommendations on how to make the Elahera Pradeshiya Sabha access for all. Two Advocacy Group discussions were held with persons with disabilities belonging to Elehara 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.

Elahera Pradeshiya Sabha (Nameboard)
Elahera Pradeshiya Sabha (Nameboard)
Elahera Pradeshiya Sabha
Elahera Pradeshiya Sabha
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Checking Accessibility
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Team Members
Team Members
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Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Advocacy Meeting
Advocacy Meeting
Advocacy Meeting
Advocacy Meeting
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility
Advocacy Meeting
Advocacy Meeting
Advocacy Meeting
Advocacy Meeting
Advocacy Meeting
Advocacy Meeting
Checking Accessibility
Checking Accessibility

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Blog: http://efcnetworkondisability.employers.lk/

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
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Checking Accessibility
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Advocacy Group Discussion
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Checking Accessibility
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Advocacy Group Discussion
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Checking Accessibility
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Advocacy Group Discussion
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Checking Accessibility
Team Members
Team Members
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MANIQUE GUNARATNE
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMBhDQ516xwVr86zKLM1HUw

INCLUSIVE ELECTION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The Sri Lankan Election Commission has been taking a series of initiatives in promoting inclusive elections by extending accessible facilities for persons with disability and other vulnerable groups for the last decade. For example, in selected polling divisions they carried out a survey on the needs of electors with disabilities on identifying the barriers faced by electors when they come to exercise their franchise. As a result of this study Island, wide initiatives were taken to improve the accessibility of those electors in the polling centres. The polling centres were equipped with temporary ramps etc. Discussions are going on to simplify the process in the voting system. As another initiative, the Department of elections printed their leaflets in accessible formats. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre handed over the leaflets printed in Braille in April 2022 to the Department of Elections to be distributed among vision impaired persons in all corners of Sri Lanka.

Handing over Braille leaflets
Handing over Braille leaflets
Handing over Braille leaflets
Handing over Braille leaflets
Handing over Braille leaflets
Handing over Braille leaflets
Handing over Braille leaflets
Handing over Braille leaflets

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

Library Conference – VICLIS 2021

Sri Lanka Technological Campus hosted its first-ever virtual international conference on Library and Information Science (VICLIS2021) in collaboration with the department of library and information science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, National Science Library, and Resource Centre of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, and the Department of Library and Information Science University of Kerala, India. The conference was held in August 2021, under the theme of ‘Challenges of Library and Information Science Profession in New Normal Context.

The VICLIS2021 aimed to bring together the Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals, researchers, and LIS students to exchange and share their experiences and research findings on all aspects of Library Science. This FREE conference also provided a premier interdisciplinary platform for 104 research presenters from over 10 countries to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Library Science.

The chief guest of the event was Mrs. Christine Mackenzie, the President of the International Federation of Library Association and Institution, IFLA. Keynote speeches were delivered by Prof.Anne Goulding, Professor of Library and Information Management, School of Information Management, Victoria University, New Zealand and Dr. Raymond Pun, President of the Asia Pacific American Librarians Association, APALA.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne Conducted the session “Library Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities”.

The Founder President and the CEO of the SLTC stated in his welcome address that the VICLIS2021 is a landmark event hosted by SLTC as this is the very first conference on Library and Information Science organized by a Non-State Higher Educational institution in Sri Lanka.

There were nine (9) technical sessions conducted under nine (9) timely sub-themes at the conference. Over 350 participants from 17 countries have participated in the conference.

Conducting the session on Library access for persons with disabilities
Conducting the session on Library access for persons with disabilities
Conducting the session on Library access for persons with disabilities
Conducting the session on Library access for persons with disabilities
Conducting the session on Library access for persons with disabilities

Conducting the session on Library access for persons with disabilities
Conducting the session on Library access for persons with disabilities
Conducting the session on Library access for persons with disabilities
Lighting the Digital Oil Lamp
Lighting the Digital Oil Lamp

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Committee Member – SPRINT Committee of Family Planning Association

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

Accessibility checking
Accessibility checking
Group photograph
Group photograph
Accessibility checking
Accessibility checking
Accessibility checking
Accessibility checking
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Advocacy group discussion
Accessibility checking
Accessibility checking
Accessibility checking
Accessibility checking
Accessibility checking
Accessibility checking

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Advisory Board Member – 18+ Alliance for Care Leavers (SOS Children’s Village)

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

Accessibility checking at the reception
Accessibility checking at the reception
Accessibility checking along the ramp
Accessibility checking along the ramp
Group photograph
Group photograph
Recommending parking slot
Recommending parking slot
Group photograph
Group photograph
Checking Library accessibility
Checking Library accessibility
Recommending parking area
Recommending parking area
Small Group Advocacy Discussion
Small-Group Advocacy Discussion
Small-Group Advocacy Discussion
Wheelchair user checking accessibility of the ramp
Wheelchair user checking the accessibility of the ramp
Accessibility checking along the ramp
Accessibility checking along the ramp
Pradeshiya Sabha Building
Pradeshiya Sabha Building
Small-Group Advocacy Discussion
Small-Group Advocacy Discussion
Small-Group Advocacy Discussion
Small-Group Advocacy Discussion
Wheelchair user checking accessibility of the ramp
Wheelchair user checking the accessibility of the ramp
Small-Group Advocacy Discussion
Small-Group Advocacy Discussion
Small-Group Advocacy Discussion
Small-Group Advocacy Discussion
Small-Group Advocacy Discussion

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Manager – Specialise Training and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon

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