The Parliamentary Service Board and the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Michael Oquaye, the Leadership, Members and Staff of Parliament, will donate assorted items to, and interact with persons living with various physical challenges and those with visual impairments at a ceremony to be held at Parliament on Friday, the 21st of December, 2018, at 2.00pm prompt, at the foyer of the Chamber Block.
Proceeds from the festival of Nine Lessons and Carols which was held on Wednesday, the 19th of December, 2018 by Parliament will also be donated to the group.
Parliament, has as one of its keen interests, efforts to make the Institution accessible to people from all walks of Iife, including those with any challenges that may impede their access to the institution.
Globally, persons with disability constitute 15% of the, world’s population. Of this number, 2-4% have significant difficulties in functioning effectively on their own. In spite of this, they continue to remain an integral part of society and must be made part of the developmental process of nation states.
Parliament believes that the inclusion of persons with disabilities into national development agenda is no longer an option but a requisite for social cohesion and the promotion of inclusive development since development cannot effectively reduce poverty unless groups including the marginalised and those with all manner of challenges are included in the agenda.
Ghana has in the past, ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and optional protocol which guarantees persons with disabilities the same level of guaranteed human rights and liabilities equal recognition before the law, access to quality and affordable healthcare.
This is an important step towards ensuring that persons with disabilities are treated as equal citizens.
The 1992 Constitution, the Disability Act 2006. The Labour Act 2003 are efforts geared towards ensuring full participation in national development endeavours by people with disabilities and the Parliament of Ghana is committed to ensuring that it remains open to all manner of persons.