Disabled persons appeal to President for assistance

Mrs. Dela Sowah(right) receiving petition from  Mr. Yaw Ofori-Debra(left),President Ghana Federation of Disabilities.Photo; Mercy Amparbeng  (1)

Mrs. Dela Sowah(right) receiving the petition from Mr. Yaw Ofori-Debra(left),President Ghana Federation of Disabilities.

The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFDO) has urged President John Dramani Mahama to help ensure that buildings in the country are disability friendly.

According to the GFD the current Disability Act 2006 had many gaps that must be tackled to promote the well being of people with disabilities.

The Disability Act 2006, they said, contained progressive sections relating to accessibility, but that could not ensure full accessibility for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the country.

The president of the GFDO, Mr. Yaw Ofori Debrah, made the call, after presenting a petition to the Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry, after a peaceful march to mark a decade of the Disability Act 2006 in Accra yesterday.

“The Disability Act of 2006 in its current form is deeply flawed and completely inadequate in terms of promoting and protecting the rights of persons with Disabilities in Ghana,” he added.

Mr. Debrah said “the process of comprehensively amending the Disability Act of 2006 must be undertaken without any delay with full involvement and consultation with Persons with Disabilities in Ghana.”

Mr. Debrah said that the interpretation of the Disability Act (Section 59) was narrow in scope and did not include important concepts as an elaboration of the social model of disability, reasonable accommodation and other vital pillars for the understanding and proper realisation of the rights of PWDs.

“The Disability Act does not specifically protect the right to liberty and security of persons with Disabilities in Ghana, it falls below the standard of protection under the CRPD in so far as it envisages specialised establishments for Persons with Disabilities in certain instances,” he indicated.

The deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs. Dela Sowah who received the petition thanked the federation for conducting themselves well to drum home their needs about the Disability Act.

She said government was committed to ensuring that the rights and freedoms of PWDs were not infringed upon, adding that “as a concerned ministry, we will ensure that your petition is given all needed attention to address the concerns of all”.

By Daniel N. Amparbeng 

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