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EFC ICT Training Centre releases Braille large print pocket calendars

ICT Training Centre Manager Manique Gunaratne handing over the first Braille calendar to the Director General, EFC, Kanishka Weerasinghe.

The Employers' Federation of Ceylon's (EFC) ICT Training Centre offers free pocket Braille and large print calendars every year.

The first Braille and large print calendar for 2016 was handed over to the Director General, EFC, Kanishka Weerasinghe by Manique Gunaratne, Manager, ICT Training Centre recently at the EFC.

"It is very important for vision impaired persons to expand their Braille-reading skills," said Gunaratne. She stated that 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 ICT Training 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 ICT trainees and other vision impaired persons in all corners of the country. EFC ICT Training Centre provides many services for persons with disabilities. Developing technologies and ICT skills are the key roles of the ICT Training Centre.

It has trained about 170 persons with disabilities on ICT skills. There are several courses conducted at this training centre. Each year the training centre is upgraded with equipment and with modern courses to suit the contemporary job market.

The trainees are awarded well recognized certificates and the courses conducted are recognized by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission where the certificates carry the TVEC registration number.

The ICT courses are not limited to Colombo. The training centre extended its services to the North in 2011. These assistive devices are unique and they are available only at EFC. The ICT training is now a Cisco academy.

It also conducts international courses in collaboration with Cisco, Curtin University of Technology Australia and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT). 

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