Guest speaker Diethono Nakhro and others during the Disability Awareness Program for Students and Mentors organized by the Livingstone Foundation Society at Livingstone Foundation International, Dimapur in conjunction with the Office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities on 24 may. (Photo courtesy of LFS)
Dimapur, May 24 (MExN): Young people with disabilities do not have sufficient access to adequate education due to the lack of facilities, including the lack of special education teachers in schools intended for normal pupils, the State Commissioner for Education said on May 24. people with disabilities (PwD), Diethono Nakhro.
Regarding the challenges and barriers faced by persons with disabilities, she noted that it was not only the presence of physical barriers such as the lack of ramps and lifts for persons with disabilities, but that even barriers non-physical such as inaccessible communication systems brought countless challenges for them.
Speaking at a disability awareness program for students and mentors organized by the Livingstone Foundation Society (LFS) at the Livingstone Foundation International on May 24, Nakhro also highlighted various aspects of disability and its daily challenges that people face. disabilities, especially young people, face. .
These included locomotor impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment and speech impairment; Intellectual and Developmental Disability or IDD which includes mental retardation and other mental and behavioral disabilities.
According to her, many people are less concerned about the disabled people around them and simply see them as “objects of charity, but are unaware that disabled people also need equal rights like normal people”.
Nakhro, however, encouraged people with disabilities to be “positive and not to think less than others, although they may be different,” a press release from the foundation said.
Under the theme “Different But Not Less”, the program was organized in collaboration with the Office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Social Welfare, Government of Nagaland.
Earlier, Ani Yepthomi, Secretary of LFS and Director of LFI, welcomed the gathering and noted that the aim of the initiative was to create transformation not only in the structure of education, but also in the perspective more wide of society.
Calling for a focus on strengths and not weaknesses, she said people with disabilities “need not just sympathy or pity from society, but also acceptance and attention”, adds the press release.