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INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE

Disability inclusion at work is about more than hiring people with #disabilities. An inclusive workplace values all employees for their strengths. It offers employees with disabilities — whether visible or invisible — an equal opportunity to succeed, learn, be compensated fairly, and advance.
Ms. Manique Gunaratne did an awareness programme on “How to make an inclusive workplace” at Hidramani Garments in Wathuragama in July 2022.

Awareness Session
Awareness Session
Awareness Session
Awareness Session
Working Area
Working Area

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
WhatsApp: 0094779571918

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

DIGITAL INCLUSION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY

In line with the National vision of a Technology-based society, The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka launched the Digital for Everyone (D4E) National initiative. Ms. Manique Gunaratne was recognized as an important stakeholder to ensure the successful implementation of this national initiative.  Ms. Manique Gunaratne did a presentation on “Digital inclusion for persons with #disability” at the soft launch and the stakeholder consultation workshop in June 2021. The Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) hopes to take digital technologies to the citizens thereby pushing the national vision of a digitally empowered nation.

Participants
Participants
Manique Presenting
Manique Presenting
Manique Presenting
Manique Presenting
Manique Presenting
Manique Presenting
Presentation on Screen
Presentation on Screen
Presentation on Screen
Presentation on Screen
Flyer of the Event
Flyer of the Event

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Visiting Lecturer – University of Colombo

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)


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)