It was a Dash Hope!

Lisbeth
Posted December 18, 2018

"Parliament rejects persons with disability. 30/11/18

PARLIAMENT today in a blizzard development  denied Persons With Disability (PWD) access to the Chamber.

According to Parliament, Persons with Disability (walking difficulties)  cannot stand on their feet when the Speaker Professor  Mike Ocquaye rises as everyone else is expected to do.

Consequently, Persons with Disability were made to watch proceedings from the visitors waiting area.

Alexander Tetteh is one of the Persons With Disability denied access to the Chamber of Parliament. 

He works with Centre for Employment of Persons with disability.

He was part of Civil Society Organisations leaders who went to parliament to press for passage of RTI Bill into law.

You can reach Alexander Tetteh on ....." Upon request.

It was in 1992 at the UN Assembly that the 3rd of December was decided on as World Disability Day. It is a day set aside for governments and all stake holders to reflect on the way forward for Persons with Disabilities (pwds) in term of infrastructure, legislative, access to the environment, access to information technology,  and above all their integration into society.

In Ghana since 2006 a disability bill was passed by the then sitting government. However, up to date the enactment of this bill became a night mare. The disability movement have severally organised sensitisation forums at all corridors within the legislative bodies but till now all has fall on "dead ears".

Persons with Disabilities continue to go through the hustle and bustles in their society. Everywhere in Ghana no environment is accessible for a pwds to access. The roads are without zebra crossing, schools do not have lifts or elevators for wheelchair users, Pwds cannot access public offices and public transport etc. Imagine you have to go to the court for a hearing and you cannot enter because of lack of access to the court building.

Children with disabilities are not left out in this menace. Cerebral palsy and down syndrome children every day are refuse entry into public schools by school authorities. This has make raising children with disabilities becomes a serious challenge for parents. No access to sign language on our media stations, hospitals, Court's etc for the hard and hearing impaired. Also the blind and partially sighted have to always take audio record during lectures at the tertiary schools instead of access to braille services.

I am using this platform to appeal to all stake holder's and all authorities involved, to see and understand the integration of disability issues as very important. We should not forget how one can easily became a person with disability (pwd) or a member of this group. 1. through an accident, 2. old age, and 3. Any illness.

 If only we understand the definition of disability, we will acknowledged how it concerns all of us. I got this definition from the Collins dictionary it defined disability  as "Disability is a permanent injury, illness, or physical or mental condition that tends to restrict the way that someone can live their life."

With the above definition you will agree with me that we are all disability pro. So why don't "you" or we put the necessary facilities in place for our own benefit in the future? You never know!

Nevertheless, all of us in the disability fraternity still have hope. We are holding on to our hope firmly, knowing one day the table will turn to our benefit.

With all hands on deck we will continue to lobby the necessary corridors of legislature's, stake holders, the media, Non Governmental Organization etc we will never give up. We got a vision for an appointed time, and it will never fail.

We have hope of an accessible future, a hope of an accessible environment, a hope of better life for all persons with disabilities (pwds). It will surely be realizes.

Thank you for reading and I hope we together will take any small actions wherever we are concerning disability

 

This story was submitted in response to What Gives You Hope?.

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Jill Langhus
Dec 18, 2018
Dec 18, 2018

Hi Lizzy,

Thanks for your compelling and important post. I agree that people with disabilities deserve basic rights and I also hope that it will change soon for not only you but all your fellow citizens. Please keep us posted on any developments, and good luck with your story submission!

Lisbeth
Dec 19, 2018
Dec 19, 2018

Thanks sis. Jill, I will surely keep you posted if anything develop.
Pls have a nice day.
Regards

Jill Langhus
Dec 19, 2018
Dec 19, 2018

You're welcome:-) Thanks!

You, too!

Hannah B
Dec 18, 2018
Dec 18, 2018

Hi Lis!
Thank you for this post. It is very important that we all become more aware of the diversity of people in our communities, and recognize that accessibility is something many take for granted. I am glad that you are writing here and raising your voice on this subject! We can all take small actions and speak out for people with disabilities.
Warmly,
Hannah

Lisbeth
Dec 19, 2018
Dec 19, 2018

Yes we all have to take the small steps to make realizes this goal. Its just small small steps we need. Like comforting a parent of a child with disability, appreciation. A small for disable kid. Comments like she can do it.

In your homes when building find a place and create a ram for any friend who you might come across who is using a wheelchair. Learn to say how are you? I am sorry, Thanks you in sign language

Only these steps and we together will create a better future for all of us.
Thanks for the comment
Regards

Hannah B
Dec 19, 2018
Dec 19, 2018

I agree! Thank you for this reminder - I am inspired to at least learn these phrases in sign language. My brother is learning to sign, so I will ask him to teach me. :)
Thank you for your involvement on World Pulse - you are a bright light here!
Warmly,
Hannah

Lisbeth
Dec 19, 2018
Dec 19, 2018

Oh wow your brother is learning to sign? :-) what moved him to this step? Or maybe he is passionate about it. Splendid!

Yes you can learn, its actually very easy. Years ago I was an administrator for pwds. I needed to learn to communicate effectively with all disability group. Part was to learn Sign Language
Initially, I was like I cannot do it but with the hearing and hard impairment family around soon I was their teacher :-).

I took the alphabets and then all follows :-). I am glad to be able to communicate with them. Its amazing. In fact I gossip a lot with sign language because no one understands me haha :-)

Wish you the best in your new career. ha :-)

Beth Lacey
May 13
May 13

Good luck with your lobbying

Lisbeth
May 13
May 13

Thanks Aunt Beth Lacey.

Anita Shrestha
Sep 25
Sep 25

Hi Dear
Thank you for sharing this story.