It’s time to listen to the disabled

As the world recognized the International Day of the disabled, last week, representatives of people living with disabilities (PLWDs), met to discuss how they can advocate for policies that will enable them access the various services that Rwandans are entitled to.

As the world recognized the International Day of the disabled, last week, representatives of people living with disabilities (PLWDs), met to discuss how they can advocate for policies that will enable them access the various services that Rwandans are entitled to.

A case in point is education. While the Government has put in place laws and policies that enable all Rwandans access primary education - through the nine year basic education - most of the classrooms that are constructed are not user-friendly for people living with disabilities.

PWLDs find themselves in a world designed primarily for the able-bodied. They, too, want to live a life that is not any different from anyone else.

They should be accorded all the support necessary to enable them live fulfilling lives.

On the other hand, PLWDs have representation in Parliament, but that is not enough. They should form associations, enroll for vocational training and come up with income generating projects.  When grouped under associations, it is not only easier to get support, but chances of their pleas to be heard increase.

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