12 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, hard of hearing,
physical disabilities and learning disabilities) successfully completed a course of study in
Windows Operations In November 2019, at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,
Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre. The trainings were conducted by Ms.
Manique Gunaratne.
Since its inception in 1999, the Network on Disability of the Employers’ Federation of
Ceylon (EFC) has taken strides, notably in the fields of ICT training, language and skills
training and economic empowerment. The ICT Training Centre of the EFC which was
launched in 2009 with the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is the
nucleus of the Network on Disability. Embracing the vision of ‘productive employment
through social harmony’, its objective is to develop the employability skills of persons with
diverse disabilities in the country.
Under the guidance of Ms. Manique Gunaratne, it has benefited school leavers, job seekers,
undergraduates and those employed from all corners of the Island.
The Training Centre fully equipped with devices specially designed for persons with
disabilities and other software, also collaborates with Curtin University of Technology in
Australia and SLIIT (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology) Malabe. The programs
are also recognized by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) and
within the EFC membership.
The ICT Training Centre receiving the CISCO Academy status in 2014 is the latest feather in
its cap. This is a milestone of the ICT Training Centre as it is the only training centre in the
country which trains people with diverse disabilities in CISCO courses. CISCO is a globally
recognized IT qualification.
Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:
1 Persons with disabilities at the Training Centre.

2 Trainees at a training session.

3 Manique conducting the training.

4 Group photograph.

Manique Gunaratne
Fax – 0094112867946

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *