A disability rights and advocacy organization based in the Volta region, Voice Ghana, has called on political parties and candidates in this year’s election to come out with a comprehensive blueprint towards addressing issues affecting Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Ghana.
According to the group’s Executive Director, Mr. Francis Asong, though, Parliament in 2006 passed the Disability Act 715 to champion the rights and needs of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the provision of public goods and services, not much has been achieved due to the disjointed approach in implementing the provisions of the act.
He believes therefore the blueprint from the parties which should be tailored toward the full implementation of the disability law and other international conventions, will better promote the inclusive development of persons with disabilities.
“Segregating persons with disabilities and giving them special treatment is good but it is not the best approach to dealing with our issues. The discussion at this stage should be geared towards inclusive development, a development that benefits everybody including persons with disabilities and bringing them to the mainstream society.”
“The best way to do this is to implement the law that promotes rights and needs of persons with disabilities and not just giving us material supports, which is good in the short term,” Mr. Asong told Starr news’ Lambert Atsivor in an interview.
Source: Ghana/starrfmonline.com/103.5/Lambert Atsivor