By Michelle Amba – EMTV, Port Moresby
Director of the Network of Callan Services, Brother Kevin Ryan, has welcomed the National Disability Policy.
He said the policy clearly addresses three key areas.
It has a clear legal framework to support the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of People living with disability. It supports the establishment of new legislation in areas of employment of persons living with disability, and it also supports the reviewing of existing legislations in areas of education.
He said the legislative framework makes sure that PNG complies with the Convention on the Rights of persons living with disability.
He said it also clearly states the government’s financial support towards government agencies, as well as other service providers.
The challenge now is for all service providers to implement the policy and have a clear conscience on who is to implement what.
Br.Kevin says he sees the need for the strengthening of the role of the Advisory group, to keep the government on the right path with this new policy.
Being one of the major Church-run service provider for persons living with Disability,Callan says the Policy is very clear for all including the government’s role as well as service providers.
Callan has 18 Special Education Resource Centres throughout the country, educating the deaf and the blind.