disability

Despite progress, many persons living with disability still face varying forms of discrimination in Ghana today, according to a disability rights group, Sronko diaries Foundation.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), estimates that between 7 and 10 per cent of Ghanaians live with disabilities –approximately 1.9 – 2.8 million people in the country.

Sronko is commemorating International Day of Persons with Disabilities, with a call on government to fast-track the development and implementation of a National Disability Strategy which will provide a national policy framework for all levels of society to improve the lives of people with disability.

“People with disabilities in Ghana are often regarded as unproductive and incapable of contributing in a positive way to society. Instead of being seen as assets, they are seen as constituting an economic burden on the family and their communities” said Bertha Asare, Founder and Chief Executive of Sronko Diaries Foundation.

International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations day that promotes inclusivity and celebrates the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

“By gathering together to celebrate this day, we can help to break down barriers for the more than 2 million Ghanaians living with disability and contribute to positive change in our community. As a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ghana has a responsibility to take appropriate measures to ensure that Ghanaians with disabilities have access to all aspects of society, on an equal basis with others” Ms Asare noted.

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

The theme for this year is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.

#ENDS#

Advertisements

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.