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Neo
8th March 2011, 08:11 AM
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Happiness is not always found in the money or wealth one has, but, the environment within which one founds himself, living in a discrimination free society gives one joy and happiness.

Some are accepted,while others are rejected not by words but by our actions meanwhile, we claim to be one people with one identity. The 41st World Standards Day celebrations theme “Accessibility for All With International Standards”, must have a deep impact on all Ghanaians. It’s high time we replace selfishness with selflessness, we are all equally important but it seems like in everything we do as a nation, attention is given to the physically fit persons much to the neglect of the physically challenged persons, we most at times don’t mull over the products we do to see the number of people who can reach, enter, maneuver and use which has always been their wish.

Although after fifty-three years of independence, there have been some infrastructural developments but it is always meant for a certain group of people. Article 29(6) of the 1992 republican constitution of Ghana says, “As far as practicable, every place to which the public have access shall have appropriate facilities for disabled persons.” How many buses brought into the country make
available in them spaces to cater for the disabled? How many vans brought into the country when converting them for commercial purposes makes provisions for people with disabilities? How many public buildings have elevators in them? In addition, those that have in them, how many of them are operable? Are they to see all these things but not have access to them? Are the teaching and learning materials in their schools adequate to enable them achieving their dreams? The
questions could go on and on.

Recently, the Black Challengers nearly missed an opportunity that came their way to compete with their counterparts in Argentina but if had been the other way, funds would have been made available to them as soon as possible. Is there any difference between the right ear of a horse, and the left ear of the same horse? Are they to remain on beggars and not earners and givers? Apparently, there are many talents and potentials in them, which need to be tapped and developed so they in turn give back to the society and not to always, take from the society.

As we try to develop all facets of our country, let us not deny them
their rights. We need to give attention to most especially the physically challenged, the aged and all people with special needs so they can feel at home. You may not cherish a certain part of
your body, but do not be in a haste to forget that without that part of your body, the rest cannot function accurately. Discrimination does not build a nation. Let us all build to live a good legacy for generations yet unborn.



EDWARD BALAMI