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Rights of PWDs need protection

Participants at a disability awareness and sensitization workshop have appealed to policy makers to ensure the implementation of all national laws regarding the rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). They said this would promote the rights of PWDs and facilitate their access to social services.
The programme, organized by Ghana Federation of Disabled (GFD), was aimed updating participants with current trends in the disability sector and developing strategies to ensure a ‘disability inclusive development’ process in the Effutu Municipality. It was also to foster effective and productive relations between the Assembly and PWDs in the Municipality.
Participants at the event included members of the Effutu Assembly, heads of departments, development planning sub-committees of the Assembly, Ghana Health Services, Ghana Blind Union, Society of the Physically Disabled and Association of the Deaf. Participants suggested that service providers in the area should engage sign language interpreters at their facilities to aid PWDs to air their concerns should the need arise.
They also appealed to the Assembly to create a platform for PWDs at their sittings to hear their voice on issues affecting them and also to ensure that all public buildings are made accessible in line with provisions in the PWD Act 2006 (ACT 715). Mr Isaac Tuggun, National Advocacy Office of Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD), and Mr Frederick Ofosu, Programmes Manager of GFD, were the facilitators who took the participants through the Persons with Disability ACT, 2006, (715). Mr Tuggun urged PWDs to get acquainted with the Act to enable them fight for their rights adding that it is only when they are abreast with the contents in the Act, that they can make their needs felt.
Mr Ofosu expressed the need for the Assembly to create a platform for PWDs and their associated organizations to be adequately briefed on programmes of the Assembly and to allow them contribute to the planning process. “Let us promote and ensure the equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all Persons with Disabilities and promote respect for their dignity’’.


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