Through the National Council on Persons with Disabilities, the Ghanaian government has released two policy documents aimed at making it easier for people with disabilities to fit in with the rest of society.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) introduced a policy for testing and training disabled drivers at the second National Disability Inclusion Summit on February 22, 2023, in Accra.
Equal access to the DVLA’s facilities and services is the goal of this.
It offers a comprehensive framework for licensing, testing, and training disabled drivers.
Inclusion Disaster Risk Management Guidelines was the second document released.
The need for people with disabilities and the organizations that represent them to be actively involved in the creation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of disaster risk response policies is emphasized in these guidelines.
It outlines in succinct steps how disaster response organizations can direct their operations from the phase of preparation and mitigation to the phase of response and recovery.
The guidelines emphasize the individual requirements of people with a variety of disabilities and the necessary provisions for appropriate reasonable accommodations.
The policy documents, which are anticipated to significantly contribute to efforts to ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind in any aspect of society, were developed with the help of the National Council on Persons with Disabilities, the country’s state agency for disability matters and systemic inclusion of people with disabilities.
The second Disability Inclusion Summit, whose theme was “Achieving a sustainable, dignified life for people with disabilities: the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders” brought together organizations from the United Nations, civil society, and state agencies.
It was intended, among other things, to provide policymakers with a forum on which to discuss the progress they’ve made toward fulfilling Ghana’s commitments at the 2022 Global Disability Summit, as well as to inform disabled people and stakeholders of developments in their efforts to live dignified, sustainable lives.