Mr.Afred Tabi Amponsah,Ashanti regional chairman of the Ghana Federation for the Disabled

Disability can be considered as an inexorable human condition which at one point or another, almost every person is exposed to, and may experience temporal or permanent disability.

It often hinges on the interactions among health, environmental and personal factors, and is neither a straightjacket social nor a biological construct.

Occurring at three levels, disability could be viewed as impairment in body function or structure, a limitation in activity such as the inability to read or move around, a restriction in participation, such as exclusion from school or work.

People with disability include those who are traditionally understood as disabled (for example wheelchair users, people who are blind or deaf or people with intellectual impairments), and people who experience difficulties in functioning due to a wide range of health conditions such as chronic diseases, severe mental disorders, multiple sclerosis, and old age.

Disability disproportionately affects vulnerable populations, in particular, women, older people and people that are poor and is prevalent among Low-income earners.

The Ashanti regional chairman of the Ghana Federation for the Disabled, Mr. Alfred Tabi Acheampong speaking after a consultative meeting with some stakeholders and Consultants, mentioned that he was much interested in building the capacity of its membership towards inclusion.

He said the theme for this year’s celebration “the future is accessible”, can only be realized if persons with disability will get the right support to acquire the requisite skills and be trained to improve their livelihoods.

The issue of education and rehabilitation of persons with disability is critical to development related issues in Ghana he said.

It provides evidence regarding the potential of persons with disability to contribute actively to the development agenda of Ghana.

He hinted that the Federation in the region had engaged development consultants to assist in the capacity building and development of its membership within the region.

He mentioned today’s consultation was specifically to approve of the strategic plan and projects proposed by the development consultants from January 2020 to December 2023.

We as an executive body in the Ashanti Region are poised to improve the economic situation of persons with disability through the acquisition of skills training complimentary to their disability to make them functional in our society.

To persons with disability he said, the society within which we fight for inclusion cannot accept us wholly if we have nothing to offer.

Let us all be ready to build our capacity and move from the streets to taking charge of profitable ventures within the Ashanti region. We must own our enterprises, to prove disability is not inability.

Speaking to the Lead consultant on the project, Mr. Kwabena Anokye Adu-Appiah of GIGGS & PARTNERS who has been working with the team throughout the year to ensure their corporate goal is achieved he mentioned that the project looks at addressing the needs and improving the livelihoods of persons with disability particularly those living in the Ashanti region while further attempts are made to address other challenges of skills acquisition, capacity building, job creation and the development of enterprises within, owned by persons with disability.

Describing the project as the SEED program to support persons living disability, he said, the project is designed based on the following ideals.

1. Provision of Sustainable livelihoods for persons with disability
2. Empowerment for inclusion
3. Excellence in service provision by the disabled community
4. Development of persons with disability.

The project will establish a specially designed skills training center to support training and the development of persons with disability particularly those in the Ashanti region to equip them with the requisite hard and soft skills needed for enterprise building and to provide them with sustainable livelihoods thereby improving their chances of inclusion and making the future accessible.

Finally, they called on Government, donors, non profit groups and corporate organization to support their dream of building skills and enterprise development hub.

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