The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Hon Nana Oye Lithur ,has stated unequivocally that the government is committed to making life easier for all and sundry in the country .
Currently over 3800 Persons with Disability have been registered on the National Health Insurance Scheme. More than 52, 082 Persons with Disability are benefiting from LEAP.
The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Hon Dela Sowah made this remark on behalf of the Minister during the launching of Ghana Accessibility Standards in Accra.
“We have also developed Disability Employment Modules for Persons with Disability under the Youth Employment Agency(YEA) Currently the Agency employs over 2000 Persons with Disability “, she disclosed.
Persons with disability are a key target of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme.
Adding that, her outfit is also committed to ensuring that all persons especially the vulnerable are protected in the country.
According to the Minister, people living with disability often face inequalities in society due to the lack of support and services .
This she said, addressing these crucial challenges is at the core of their sustainable development as a country.
One of the key elements of empowering persons persons with disabilities is ensuring that all public spaces and facilities are accessible for everyone.
” This we believe will help reduce stigma and enhance integration measures for persons with disability .
As government we understand that accessibility and inclusiveness in society is a human right that must be protected and upheld in all facets of society”, she stated.
According to Nana Oye Lithur, it is in this regard the National Council on Persons Disability with the Ghana Standards Authority and the Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) have developed the Ghana Accessibility Standards .
The document provides specification on how buildings, roads, recreational centres should be designed in order to make them accessible to all especially Persons with Disability.
She stressed that Standards is to serve as a useful tool for those involved in design, implementation , supervision and decision making on various programmes where accessibility is a component.
Adding that, the development of Ghana Accessibility Standards has benefited from extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.
Including the Ministry of Water Resources , Works and Housing , Civil Society Organizations and some development partners.
She also stated that the government is poised to offer special assistance for the education of pupils and students with special-needs including , but not limited to schools for the blind , deaf , autism and cerebral palsy.
By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/NewsGhana.com.Gh