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WE WANT TO BE RECOGNIZED WITH OUR ABILITIES NOT OUR DISABILITIES

Physically disabled residents of Teshie-Zongo in Accra have appealed to individuals, companies and organizations within the Teshie district to assist them to acquire vocational training and to secure jobs.

“We have been neglected by abled-bodied persons in our communities and we have been made to feel helpless in the society although there are many things we can do, despite our disabilities”, said madam Koshie a well-known figure at Teshie-Zongo who spoke with this reporter.

Madam Koshie, who is disabled in both legs, said in an interview that she was an able-bodied person until she was involved in a motor accident six years ago.

“Life after that accident has not been easy with me, I hardly go out because when I do people mock at me and that bothers me”, she said.

She disclosed that her husband abandoned her and their three children because of her condition and taking care of the family has not been easy. She has been rejected anytime she goes out in search of work and she feels left out.

Another Teshie resident, a grandmother who lives with her grandson also spoke about how her grandson who has challenges with hearing and speaking is unable to attend a special school for the disabled due to lack of funds.

“My grandson is brilliant and he tries to do his best in all that he does”, she said. She believes that if the government or any individual is willing to help her enroll her grandson in a special school, he will grow up to be useful in the society.

Both women suggested that organizations, groups and individuals can go around and talk to disabled in the Teshie district and see how they can assist them. They want to be offered jobs within their limit, train those who are with good skills and educate those who want to be enrolled in schools. They want to be recognized for their abilities not their disabilities.

 

Source: Gabriela Kumi/pinkfmonlinegh.com

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