Transport systems will be accessible for visually impaired persons – GPRTU pledges

Holistic Development for Visually Impaired Children (HODVIC) project
Holistic Development for Visually Impaired Children (HODVIC) project

The Tantri branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Unions (GPRTU) in the Cape Coast Metropolis has pledged commitment to ensuring access transport systems for the visually impaired persons.

It said GPRTU was aware of the challenges faced by persons living with disabilities especially those with eye impairments, that measures would be put in place to avoid inconveniences they face accessing their services.

Mr Kwabena Afful, Chairman of GPRTU at Tantri gave the assurance when the Department of Children under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) engaged them as part of their Holistic Development for Visually Impaired Children (HODVIC) project in the Region.

The engagement was to empower and educate drivers, passengers and traders on the need to embrace and support the development of persons with visual impairments.

The project enrolled in some selected communities is funded by Royal Dutch Visio and the Presbyterian Health Services.

He urged all drivers to pay keen attention to the visually impaired persons when they seek their services at various stations.

Mrs Pearl Peters, Head of Early Childhood Division at the Department of Children said the Ministry prioritize the needs of persons with disabilities thus efforts to draw all stakeholders on board to help them achieve their goals and contribute to national development.

She noted that visually impaired children had untapped potential which needed to be harnessed for national development.

Thus support of all stakeholders to fight the barriers that hinder their progress to help their achieve the objectives for development.

Mrs Peters advised caregivers to be proud of their children and other best in giving care to help achieving equity for all in the country.

Mr Abugre, Head of the Build Unit, Cape Coast school for the Deaf and Blind advised parents to bring their visually impaired to access education than taking them to spiritual homes for treatment.

He called on the populace to embrace persons living with disabilities adding that it was not their fault to be born with the condition.

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