Disability Policy to be reviewed

The 2009 National Disability Policy is to be reviewed to reflect current trends and situations.

A consultative workshop in Port Moresby today, plans to identify mechanisms that needed to be included inthe policy.

One ofthem isthe inclusion of parents of children with disabilities.

The 2009 policy was to create an ‘inclusive’ society for people with disabilities to contribute equally to development.

Since its launch, only nine objectives out of eighteen have partially been achieved.

Disabled people in mainstream education and sports have gained some prestige, while thers have not.

Workshop participant Tole Wai said parents with disabled children’should be given more opportunities to participate in community based rehabilitation activities.

Betty Pulpulis agreed thatthe policy today does not include parents.

Mrs Pulpulis herself has children with hearing impairments. She has been part of rehabilitation activities with her children’sothey can be self-reliant in future.

Unlike before,the policy review will now consult with national planning and labour.

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