National Disability Policy Consultation

Organizations of persons with disability were revived after the consultation for the national disability inclusive development policy that took place in Tafea province last month.

The Chairman of Disability Board and Assistant SG, David Tovovur, said that representatives from the different sectors and disabled people around Tafea were all present for this important session to submit recommendations on the development of this policy.

“In addition, consultations were held with men, women and representatives of all kind of disabilities including those not belonging to the established NGOs to obtain recommendations and suggestions to ensure that a comprehensive list of issues are covered,” he said.

“Previous recommendations received by government from service delivery organizations and self-help organizations of persons with disabilities that were deemed un-actioned were revived and included in the policy (of) NGOs.”

Mr Tovovur said that this National Disability Policy and the National Plan of Action has greatly benefited from the participation of Government agencies, NGOs, persons with disabilities, parents and caregivers.

“I think it is time now that we re-assess our values and look beyond just the physical signs and recognize the whole person as God intended for us to do,” he said.

“We can do this by encompassing the whole of our population as our responsibility and not just those who can walk, who can talk and who can see.”

Mr Tovovur concluded that it was a successful day’s consultation which drew a lot of opinion on the rights and access for people with special needs.

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