Ghanaian Youth with Disabilities Call for Implementation of Disability Act

The Ghana Federation for Disabled Youth has announced its support for an expedited implementation of Ghana’s Disability Act 715. The Act, passed by Parliament five years ago, still has not been adequately enforced throughout the country. Somewhat similar to the Americans with Disabilities Act, DA 715 would address certain structural impediments to the full integration of Ghanaians with disabilities. Modern Ghana reports on the potential impact of the Act’s implementation:

Sign language interpreters should also be engaged in the various departments and agencies such as hospitals, courts and police stations, to enable hearing-impaired persons express themselves in these areas.

While calling on the Ministry of Education to provide disability aids in the drawings of schools‚ buildings to make them accessible to all PWDs, the federation has also called on government to ensure that the offices of the regional and district councils on persons with disabilities are established immediately.

According to the federation, if these issues are addressed, PWDs would be able to enjoy their rights and privileges, as well as perform their responsibilities without any constraints.

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