SECOND DISABILITY INCLUSION SUMMIT, ORGANIZED BY NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PERSONS WITH DISABILITY.

On February 22, 2023, the 2nd Disability Inclusion Summit was held at the Ghana Shippers’ Authority Conference Room, focused on the theme of “Achieving Sustained Dignified Life for Persons with Disability; the Role and Contributions of Stakeholders.” The summit witnessed the participation of key stakeholders and organizations supporting persons with disabilities.

The event commenced with an opening remark by Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah, the Chairperson, followed by solidarity messages from various organizations and partners. Madam Rose Ofosuhene Darko, the Inclusive Education Director (Special Education Division-GES), provided an overview of the National Directory of Inclusive Education. Mr. Kwasi Agyemang Busia, the Chief Executive Officer of the DVLA, presented the DVLA Policy for Testing and Training Drivers with Disabilities, which was officially launched by Hon. Fredrick O. Ado, the Deputy Minister for Transport. Additionally, Hon. Eric Nana Agyeman-Prempeh, the Director General of NADMO, introduced the National Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management Guidelines, which were officially launched during the summit.

The summit witnessed the launch of two significant documents, namely the DVLA Policy for Testing and Training Drivers with Disabilities and the National Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management Guidelines. Mr. Charles Abani, the UN Resident Coordinator and Chair of Heads of Corporations stressed the seriousness of discrimination as an issue and emphasized the need to address it earnestly. Mr. Yaw Ofori Debrah, the Chairman of the Governing Board of the National Council on Person’s with Disability, also delivered a statement.

The first session featured a keynote address by Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah, followed by a health break, media engagement, and photography. The second part of the summit included presentations on the efforts made to achieve the 2018 and 2022 commitments under the Global Disability Summit. These presentations covered various topics, such as inclusive education by the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service, the experiences of youth with disabilities after school by the Ghana Blind Union, employment opportunities created through ICT and technological innovations by the Assertive Technology Laboratory at the University of Ghana, and the steps taken towards the signing and ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa by the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations.

A plenary session discussed the key outcomes of the presentations, and Mr. Benjamin Amewornu, an Industrial Designer, presented on the importance of appropriate mobility devices for persons with disabilities.