Our society must benefit from Disability Law – Council

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The National Council on Persons living with Disability has called on the State to make the Persons with Disability Act, 2006, (Act 715), more impactful and beneficial to the disability society.

A statement signed by Mr Yaw Ofori Debra, Board Chairman of the Council, said: “In spite of the modest achievements, there is more to be done to make the Act 715 more impactful and beneficial to the beneficiary community.”

“Areas of transportation, communication and information, housing and digital technologies must be made more efficient and user friendly for persons with disabilities,” it said.

The call is part of activities in commemoration of the 16th anniversary of the passage of the Persons with Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715).

The Act promotes the inclusion of persons with disabilities in national development.

The commemoration was to remind Government agencies, departments, institutions providing services, and the public that the law existed and that the provisions of Act 715 must be complied with.

The statement said persons living with disabilities continued to face countless challenges, including restrictive employment opportunities, making graduates with disabilities largely unemployed, and negative public attitude towards disability.

“People continue to equate disability with inability and for that matter leave most persons with disabilities out of many socioeconomic and developmental considerations,” it said.

The statement also noted that assessment of Act 715 indicated slow and gradual compliance by the public, making it difficult for persons with disabilities to appreciate the positive impact and the benefits to their lives.

The National Council on Persons with Disability said it was, therefore, taking the necessary measures and actions to educate and sensitise all segments of the Ghanaian population, including state actors to strictly comply with the tenets of the Act 715 and implement the provisions as demanded by law.

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