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Special Grants Offered To The Disabled, Says Sulaiman Madada

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pharmacy http://culinaryhealthfund.org/wp-content/plugins/popover/inc/class-popup-item.php geneva;”>He says this as the country plans to mark and celebrate the International Day of Persons with disabilities on 3rd December 2012 at Serena Hotel in Kampala.

web http://crosscon.ca/wp-content/themes/twentythirteen/inc/back-compat.php geneva;”>“A petition shall be presented for fast-tracking legislations and programs for ensuring the inclusion of persons with Disability in development plan 2011-2015 in view to the National Vision 2040,” said Madada.

The theme for this year is “Celebrating 50 years of Independence: Mainstreaming Disability in the Development Process”.

Madada told the press today at Uganda Media Centre that a number of regulations have been put in place to ensure there is a friendly environment for the disabled people.

He said the Government is aware of challenges Persons with Disabilities face as they struggle to participate and to contribute to development. “Most persons with disabilities are greatly affected by conventional designs to structures and other facilities and communities often discriminate and marginalize them due to the negative beliefs and customs,” he said.

“It is in this respect that we are calling on the policy makers and service providers that they mainstream disability into their programs and plans to overcome these barriers,” he added.

National Union for the Disabled Persons in Uganda (UNDIPU) Executive Director, Mr. Martin Mwesigwa, said that this day is to promote awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities, take stock of the achievements made during the year and identify challenges and strategies to overcome them.

He also elaborated on the people who are considered disabled. “The disabled are those persons with functional limitations both physical and mental. However we are planning to consider the Albinos and people who have acquired brain injury,” said Mwesigwa.

He emphasized on the difference between ‘disability’ and ‘impairment’ commenting on the issue where impotent men are coming up to urge as being disabled which he said it can also be a functional limitation.

Madada further mentioned where else the government has helped the disabled people especially in political participation. “This includes the disabled people in decision making. As a matter of fact, Uganda is one of the countries in the world that has MPs to represent the disabled people,” he said.

He also said that there are two councilors at every level on the local government to act as voices of the disabled.

Madada concluded by calling upon all stakeholders to mainstream disability in their programs and plans if we are to realize the National Development objectives and Millennium Goals.

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