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VISION IMPAIRED PERSONS ARE SUPPORTED WITH BRAILLE PAPERS AND WHITE CANES

Vision impaired persons use the white cane as an eye. The sense of touch is felt by the tip of the white cane and thereby through sense they find their way. During the Second World War large number of soldiers became vision impaired. During that period Mr. Richard E. Hoover invented the white cane to rehabilitate the soldiers. Since then the white cane is used around the world as an assistive device for vision impaired persons.

In 1969 The International Federation of the Blind which is now known as the World Blind Union had its annual general meeting at Galle Face Hotel in Sri Lanka. At that meeting it was decided to declare 15 October as the International White cane Day. Since then each year on 15 October the International White Cane Day is celebrated around the world.

The white cane is divided into three parts.
01. The grip
The grip is the top part of the white cane and it is made out of rubber so that it is shock proof.
02. The Shaft
The shaft is the middle part of the white cane which is made out of one inch aluminum pipe.
03. The Tip
Bottom part of the white cane is called the tip which is made out of nylon rod.

Using the White Cane
Using the White Cane

The colour of the white cane is white because it can be seen at a longer distance for sighted persons. 6 inches from the bottom of the white cane is coloured in red to indicate that it is a blind person. 18 inches from the bottom is coloured in red in order to indicate that it is used by a deaf blind person. The weight of a white cane is 230 to 280g.

A white cane helps a vision impaired person to go to the destination he wants independently, safely and with the minimum period of time. When a vision impaired person takes a white cane into his hand, he or she should decide where am I? where should I go and how I am going. Gate pattern is very important to walk with the white cane, which consist of body balance and the walk pattern. When you keep the left leg forward the tip of the white cane should touch the right edge of the body width. There are technics for ascending, descending, walk through narrow ways, gliding, find gateways, walk through payments, crossing the road etc.  It is very important a vision impaired person to be independent with a white cane. Otherwise they will become double dependent.

Braille papers are important for vision impaired persons to write Braille in a Braille slate and in the Braille Writer. It is a thick paper which assist to write Braille which will last a long period of time.

Braille Papers & White Cane
Braille Papers & White Cane

The Inner Wheel Club of Colombo together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre donated Braille papers and white canes for vision impaired persons in October 2021 to mark the International White Cane day.

Logos of the Sponsors
Logos of the Sponsors
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Participants on Screen
Participants on Screen
Logo of the Sponsor
Logo of the Sponsor
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Conducting the Programme
Conducting the Programme
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Conducting the Programme
Conducting the Programme
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Conducting the Programme
Conducting the Programme
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Participants on Screen
Participants on Screen
Packs to be dispatched to Vision Impaired Persons
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Beneficiary of a white cane and Braille papers
Participants on Screen
Participants on Screen
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Session in Progress
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MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Advisory Board Member – 18+ Alliance for Care Leavers (SOS Children’s Village)

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

EFC RELEASES BRAILLE AND LARGE PRINT POCKET CALENDARS FOR 2022

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.

Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person
Handing over a Braille calendar to a vision-impaired person

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

SMART CANE FOR #VISION IMPAIRED PERSONS

Ms. Devinka Wickramaratne of University of Moratuwa with the support of Ms. #Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialized Training & Disability Resource Centre developed a Smart Cane for vision impaired persons. This Smart Cane project recently won an award for the Best Innovative University Project in the Western Province, at the 2021 SLASSCOM National Ingenuity Awards.    

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Ms Manique Gunaratne
Country Representative –  World Disability and Rehabilitation Professionals’ Association (WDRPA)