Ashaiman PWDs want a local special school


Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in Ashiaman have appealed to government and other stakeholders to provide them with a special school to educate local disabled children.

According to them, local public and private educational institutions were not disability friendly.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of a town hall meeting organized by the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA), they disclosed that apart from having to battle with an unfriendly environment, some schools refused to admit children with disability.

Some mothers of special children said they could not engage in any other enterprise apart from caring for their children thus making it difficult to generate income to support their homes.

They added that since special skills were needed to cater for disabled children, it was difficult to leave them in the care of just anyone, stressing that a special school would not only give the children the required education but also the needed care.

“ My child is suffering from cerebral palsy and because of that he has not been accepted in any school and this is making life difficult for me because I cannot leave him home and get a job because he may get hurt in the bid of trying to get something or do something for himself, ” a parent said.

Another parent stated that, “My child is able to do whatever I teach her and I know she has something good in her. We pray anytime we have our meal and the day I forget to pray and put food into her mouth, she will pray before eating the food”.

Mr Courage Wormenor, Chairman, Ashaiman Branch, Ghana Society of the Physically Challenged, on his part, appealed to the public to vote for Persons With Disabilities aspiring to be assembly members in the December 17, District Level.and Unit Commitee elections.

Mr Wormenor also urged government to give slots to PWDs when appointing people to the various Assemblies to enable them champion their cause and contribute to the development of their areas.

He asked Assemblies to engage sign language interpreters for smooth communication between officials and persons with hearing and speech impairments.

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