Ghana Federation of Disabled People’s Organizations calls for support to train its members

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play the videoMr. Saani Mahama, Upper West Regional Chairperson of the Ghana Federation of Disabled People’s Organizations

Upper West Correspondence

Mr. Saani Mahama, Upper West Regional Chairman of the Ghana Federation of Disabled People’s Organizations (GFD), called on the philanthropic world to undertake vocational and vocational training for people with disabilities (PWD) to enable them to earn their life. able to fend for themselves.

He said that as not all are educated, it is necessary for these people to learn a trade so that they can earn a living and be able to take care of their families, because many of them are family members who have the responsibility of raising their children. .

He therefore appealed for the support of individuals, philanthropists and organizations to make such a dream a reality in order to bring some dignity to the members of the organization.

“Many of us haven’t had the opportunity to go to school so we are also asking if we can get some help in arranging vocational training for them to learn a job so that they can at least take care of themselves and their families. Many of us have children, some of us are married, we are also given children. We must also educate our children to take good care of them. But a lot of them are unemployed so we’re also wondering if we can get some help so that we can give them vocational training so that at least they’re also able to help themselves. same,” Mr. Saani said.

In addition, he also solicited the provision of a tricycle locally known as “Mahama Camboo” as a source of income while assisting in the transportation of members to attend radio programs as well as other events. He indicated that the awareness program that the federation is undertaking in the local media has helped to change and shape the perceptions of parents who until now have kept their disabled wards out of the public eye to start enroll them in schools with the help of the organization.

“These discussions have benefited us people with disabilities and some members within the communities. They were able to bring their children outside. As I said, some members with disabilities also came to join the associations and now I can tell you that the In the whole region we have more than 14,000 (members), that is to say all the people living with a disability, as we have nine (9) disability groups. So some people have now come to join the association,” Mr. Saani told Ghanaweb.

He made this known during an exclusive interview with Ghanaweb’s Upper West Regional Correspondent Ilyaas Al-Hasan to highlight some challenges facing the federation and its members on Saturday, January 29, 2022.

Addressing other major issues plaguing people with disabilities not only in the Upper West region but across the country, the outspoken President mentioned the lack of access of people with disabilities to public facilities as a major headache for the members.

Citing the new multi-storey market buildings that have sprung up in the central business district of Wa that were built without thinking of people with disabilities, he wondered why new public structures that were not designed to accommodate disabled people,
were still adopted for construction despite the passing of the Disabled Persons Act more than 10 years ago. He said: “It’s been over 10 years since they passed the Persons with Disabilities Act, but buildings still pop up here and there, but they’re still not accessible.”

Mr. Saani also mentioned the difficulty that members would encounter if they wished to call the Regional Minister at his office in the Regional Coordinating Council which is located in a multi-storey building inaccessible to anyone in a wheelchair in order to be able to go up to the stage.

He therefore instructed the Municipal Assembly of Wa to ensure that before the approval of the construction plan of any public structure, the aspect of accessibility for people with disabilities must be integrated into it.

According to him, another important challenge that he has observed that people with disabilities often face day in and day out is the issue of discrimination.

According to him, just like able-bodied people, everyone has a name with which the person is identified, but some people, out of discrimination and contempt, choose instead to call people with disabilities by their condition, which, according to him, does not should not be the case since for him no body knows what the future holds for the person stigmatizing the disabled person after all many disabled people are not born with their conditions but rather have been acquired in some way or other. ‘another one.

“Many, many people call people disabled by their disability knowing full well that everyone has a name. Yeah, that’s another area where we’re screaming that people should stop. present) but you don’t know tomorrow (what your destiny has in store for you). “among us have become disabled. So when that happens to you (if you are not disabled) don’t think you are supreme therefore you are free, anything can happen,” he advised.

The President of the Regional Federation further called on parents to stop hiding their children with disabilities inside the public but to enroll them in schools to integrate them into society to ensure them a meaningful life as they do not would not be there forever to take care of the children.

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