Mainstreaming People Living With Disabilities

People living with disabilities saythey would like to be involved more in mainstream activities.

President ofthe Western Highlands Provincial Disability Committee John Kup said this will increasetheir confidence in contributing to nation building.

During a training workshop held in Port Moresby for organizations representing people with disabilities, members saidthere should be more ways to involve PWDs in activities done by able bodlied citizens.

Executive officer for the National Advisory Committee on Disability Adrian Winnie said PLWD’s were represented duringthe 2012 elections, yetthey need to increasetheir involvement so thatthey are not isolated andtheir rights not deprived.

The purpose ofthe National Policy on Disability is to develop a more ‘inclusive’ society, create greater awareness ontheir needs and identify priority areas to dismantle barriers hinderingtheir full participation.

The implementation of policy since 2010 has been effective, but rther in increasing support groups.

The training workshop was attended by representatives from provincial disability committees in PNG

Amongthe outcomes ofthe training, is to engage and advise government and private sector on appropriate responses to issues facing people with disabilities.

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