Montserrado County Senatorial aspirant in the up-coming mid-term election, Ms. Miatta Fahnbulleh has assured her supporters that whether they win or lose the election, they will by all means achieve their political objective. Ms. Fahnbulleh gave the assurance on Tuesday, May 13, in Monrovia when she dedicated an edifice of the newly formed African Youth with Disabilities Network (AYWDN)-Liberia Chapter; Dignity Inclusion Visibility.
The Liberia Chapter of the AYWDN is being dedicated on the motto, “Ensuring Inclusive and Barrier Free Society.”
According to Ms. Fahnbulleh, “Whether we win the upcoming election or not, we will get there,” she told the audience before she cut ribbon to the edifice.
To those physically challenged, she urged them to keep together as they go about seeking their general welfare aiming at acquiring education and other social services.
She, however, challenged members of the disabled community not to stop at anything positive, because of being a handicap, adding that being a handicap does not deny anyone from becoming an achiever.”
Meanwhile, Ms. Fahnbulleh has called for the development of a National Braille Press at any of the higher institutions of learning across the country to enable the virtually impaired students not only to enroll, but to help them continue their studies through the Braille’s reading.
The guiding purpose of the National Braille Press, accordingly, are to promote the literacy of blind children through Braille, and to provide access to information that empowers the virtually impaired to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.
The AYWDN-Liberia Chapter, according to its country coordinator, B. William M. Yarsiah, was established on February 21, and incorporated as a Disabled People Organization (DPO) on June 5, 2012.
Its birth, he said, was a direct result of the African Youth with Disabilities Network Steering Committee Strategic Planning and Training Session that was organized by the Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA), along with the Open Society Foundation’s Youth Imitative (YI), and Disability Right Initiative (DRI) in Nairobi, Kenya at Mannzoni Lodge in Lukenya, November 2011.
He said the mission is to influence national, regional, international and global laws, policies and programs through partnerships and advocacy for the equalization of opportunities and enjoyment of rights for youth with disabilities. The vision call for inclusive and barrier free society where all youth with disabilities lives in dignity, exercise their rights and participate in all spheres of life with the objectives to partner with relevant stakeholders at national, regional, international and global levels for countries to sigh, ratify, domesticate and ensure the full implementation by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) including monitoring and reporting to the CRPD Committee, etc.