wpid-disability.jpgThe Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) has appealed to the government to speed up passage of a legislative instrument that would spell out the road map towards full implementation of the National Disability law of 2006 (Act 715).

This, according to them, would enable society respect the rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and treat them fairly in all aspect of life.

Mr. Samuel Quansah, the Western Regional Chairman of the Federation, made the appeal at a forum organized by the Federation at Fijai on Wednesdayto discuss issues militating against PWDs in the country.

The event was held on the theme, ?The Role of the Assembly for PWD?s in the Advocacy for Total Inclusion and Total National Development?.

He said PWDs had been reduced to second class citizens often discriminated against and treated with contempt in their respective homes, communities and state institutions.

Mr. Quansah said PWDs continued to be marginalized despite the passage of the Disability Act, (Act 715), adding that there are still public buildings that are inaccessible to PWDs or do not have ramps.

The chairman expressed regret that some district assemblies deliberately fail to honour their obligation of releasing the two percent District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) allocated to district Federations as contained in the District Assemblies Common Fund Act, (Act 455).

He said sometimes members of the Federation had to demonstrate against such deviant assemblies before the funds were released to them.

?It is painful for society to treat disabled persons like that but what everybody must know is that disability is everybody?s share and anyone is potential of being disabled one day?, he said.

Madam Deborah Daisy Kwabiah, Sekondi-Takoradi Director for Department of Social Welfare, who chaired the function said a desk had been created at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) for them and asked them to seek information concerning their welfare.

She appealed to PWDs to develop their talents meaningfully by acquiring entrepreneurial skills that would make them financially independent, instead of relying solely on government support.

During an open forum, the participants expressed displeasure over continued discrimination against them, especially in seeking employment and appealed to corporate institutions and government to treat them fairly.



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