By Sylvia Awuye|Voltaonlinegh.com|
An Assembly member in the Ketu South Municipal assembly, Mr. Joseph Adampa has cautioned the general public against demeaning persons with disability (PWDs) but rather treat them with mutual respective and comradery.
According to former chairman of the Social Services subcommittee of the Assembly, PWDs just like their abled counterparts have a lot of potentials to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country, when given the needed support and encouragement.
Speaking at a recent celebration of World Disability Day in the Ketu South municipality, Mr. Adampa stated ‘their capabilities cannot be in seeing or hearing but can contribute massively in political, social and developmental issues.’
He advised persons with disability to eschew self-pity and focused on harnessing their potentials for the benefit of themselves and the society as a whole.
The programme which was massively patronized by disabled persons from all walks of life in the municipality was also used by the authorities to address teething challenges affecting the welfare of the vulnerable group.
The participants’ lamented about the challenges they faced in accessing a lot of facilities in the country. They noted that there are many buildings in the country which have no provision for persons living with disability which makes it difficult for them to access.
The Ketu South Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Eliot Agbenorwu on his part, expressed delight at the turnout of the PWDs for the celebration, as he assured them of assembly and the government’s support towards improving their living standards.
He also promised to act on petition brought to him by the leaders of the disability association, regarding the inaccessibility of most public schools and institutions by PWDs in the municipality.
The virtually impaired group also called on Ghanaians to learn the sign language to facilitate easy communication with them.