Establish more sign language centres - Association

Kumasi, Nov. 30, GNA  “ The Ghana National Association of the Deaf has appealed for the establishment of more sign language centres to train interpreters.

Mr Emmanuel Sackey, President of the Association, said the lack of sign interpreters was creating problems of social exclusion and left their needs and concerns largely unresolved.

The difficulty the deaf faced, in terms of access to information, quality health care, education, employment and political participation, would have to be tackled, to allow for their optimal contribution to national development.

Mr Sackey, who was speaking at the 35th anniversary celebration of the Ashanti Regional branch of the association, suggested to health and education institutions to engage sign language interpreters.

śBreaking barriers;ť was the theme for the week-long celebration, with the highlights including discussion of the Disability Act and the guidelines for sharin;g of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF).

Mr Eric Opoku, the Regional Minister, underlined the need for intensive public education on the disability act to help give adequate protection to people with disability.

The law would have to be properly understood, respected and enforced, he added.

He encouraged the various organizations and institutions to do everything to create the right conditions and provide the necessary facilities, for the convenience of those with disability.

Madam Doris Birago, the Regional President of the Association, appealed for support to enable them to acquire a permanent office.




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Published: 2013-11-30 16:38:40
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