The National Council on Persons with Disability – Ghana (NCPD) under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection on Wednesday 22nd February 2023, held the ‘2nd Disability Inclusion Summit’ for some selected participants drawn from MDA’s, MMDA’s and other relevant Organisations.
The summit was organized under the theme, “Achieving Sustainable Dignified Life for Persons with Disabilities: The Role and Contribution of Stakeholders”.
The summit was aimed at giving policy implementers the platform to share progress being made towards the achievements of Ghana’s commitments towards the general well-being and sustainable dignified lives of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).
The summit also informed a Disability Inclusive Directory mapping policy implementers and thematic areas, development partners, and organisations of and for persons with disabilities to respective operational objectives guided by the Medium-Term National Development Policy Framework (2022-2025).
Giving the keynote address, the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection who doubles as the Chairperson for the summit, Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah expressed her gratitude to join hands with the disability fraternity and work for the well-being and interest of PWDs.
According to her, Government is committed to ensuring the dignity of persons with disabilities in Ghana.
“These commitments are translated into the Medium-Term National Development Policy Framework (2022-2025) which obliges every MDA’s to take specific activities that ensure their mandates and services targets PWDs”, she noted.
Mrs. Mensah disclosed that the Guidelines for the Management and Disbursement of District Assembly Common Fund for Persons with Disabilities to tighten the loose ends for effective, efficient and economic use of the fund is being reviewed.
She assured that the Government is committed to implementing the policies to ensure persons with disabilities live more good lives and achieve the agenda of leaving no one behind.
The three key documents launched at the summit, include; DVLA Policy for Testing and Training Drivers with Disabilities, the National Inclusion Disaster Risk Management Guidelines and the Inclusive Education Directory.
These documents seek to reaffirm the Government’s efforts to create a lasting and meaningful change for PWDs.