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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
FaceBook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000521211893

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

MICROSOFT EXCEL FOR PERSON WITH DISABILITIES

A group of persons with diverse #disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, deaf and hard of hearing, physical disability, wheelchair users and slow learners) successfully completed a course of study in Microsoft Excel at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre in April 2021. The training was conducted by Ms Manique Gunaratne. The target group included job seekers, school leavers, under-graduates and people who are employed.

Persons with Physical and Learning Disabilities
Persons with Physical and Learning Disabilities
Persons with Physical and Learning Disabilities with Staff
Persons with Physical and Learning Disabilities with Staff
Vision Impaired Trainees
Vision Impaired Trainees
Hearing Impaired Trainees
Hearing Impaired Trainees
Trainer with a Hearing Impaired Trainee
Trainer with a Hearing Impaired Trainee
Training Session
Training Session
Training Session
Training Session
 Training Session
Training Session
 Training Session
Training Session

Manique Gunaratne
E-mail – maniqueg@empfed.lk, manique.g@gmail.com

MITIGATING GENDER-BASED AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

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 Pandemic in Eastern Province in February 2021. The programme was held at the National Institute for Social Development (NISD) in Ampara. Women with and without disabilities and men with and without disabilities were trained as training of trainers (Tot). Some of the areas covered during this programme were:

  • Introduction to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH).
  • Understanding on SRH and Sexual violence for women with disabilities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Educating on Family Planning, Subfertility and Abortion for women with disabilities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Prevention of Sexual Violence for women with disabilities during the Covid-19 pandemic and instructions for legal assistance.
Preparing the Action Plan
Preparing the Action Plan
Participants
Participants
Participants at the session on GBV
Participants at the session on GBV
Participants
Participants
Interactive Session
Interactive Session
Group Photograph
Group Photograph
Group Photograph
Group Photograph
Group Photograph
Group Photograph
Welcoming of Participants
Welcoming of Participants
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Lighting the Digital Oil Lamp
Lighting the Digital Oil Lamp
Sharing Experiences
Sharing Experiences
Sharing Experiences
Sharing Experiences
 Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
 Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Sign Language Interpretations
Sign Language Interpretations
Preparing the Action Plan
Preparing the Action Plan
Preparing the Action Plan
Preparing the Action Plan

Manique Gunaratne
Fax – 0094112867946