Mr Richard A. Quayson, acting CHRAJ Commissioner in a statement to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, expressed concern about negative attitudes towards PWDs.
He said negative attitudes served as one of the key barriers to the active participation in all aspects of daily living by PWDs “thus negatively affecting their health situation, education and employment opportunities, among others.
“Most of these negative attitudes are due to inadequate knowledge on disability and its associated prejudiced perceptions”.
The 2015 International Day of Persons with Disabilities is being used as a platform to highlight on implemented policies and programmes that are geared towards the realization of the respect for the dignity of persons with disabilities.
The occasion is also used to reflect on and to address issues that confront PWDs in their daily lives.
Mr Quayson described disability as is an evolving concept and part of the natural human diversity.
“In this light, this is a moment to ponder, alter our stance on disability if necessary, and add our voice to change the prejudiced perceptions and negative attitudes confronting persons with disabilities.”
“Negative attitudes relegate them to the background while support systems enable them to be active and responsible citizens in the society. These negative attitudes are also stifling programmes and policies meant to create an inclusive society.
He said people were duty-bound to provide safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable systems and facilities to allow PWDs to contribute their quota to personal as well as national development.
“As Ghana is putting in measures to ensure that persons with disabilities have unrestricted enjoyment of all their human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis, I appeal to all Ghanaians to have constructive attitudes towards persons with disabilities. Such attitudes are part of any sustainable development effort,” he added.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was instituted by the United Nations. It is an annual event marked every December 3, to promote empowerment, inclusion and access to reduce inequalities in society.