Disability Is Not Inability: KNUST Students Undertake A Life-Affirming Project

A team of students from selected tertiary institutions in Ghana are embarking on a project intended to affect many lives positively and ultimately contribute significantly to societal development.

The project, dubbed “Strength In Disability” (SID), is a joint effort of the Ghana Association of Disability and Rehabilitation Students (GADRES -KNUST) and other institutions which basically seek to educate society on the relevance of Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWDs); and the fact that having a disability does not make you less human.

“Ignorance has made many persons living with disabilities burdens, instead of being beneficial to society. The primary purpose of the project is to influence society’s viewpoint of PLWDs; to see them as people with special needs, who can do something to help themselves and the society at large. We hope this endeavour which has received endorsement from our lecturers will make the intended impact,” says Mr Frederick Osei who is a coordinator for the project and a member of GADRES-KNUST.

The project, which kick-started earlier this year, is expected to be totally rolled out in September 2019, when school officially reopens for most institutions including KNUST.

In one part of the project, pertinent issues such as stigmatization, discrimination, the rights of persons with disabilities will be published on social media platforms, which are fast becoming very easy means of sharing and accessing information, in a bid to educate the public on these relevant issues. The public education endeavour will be extended to some TV and Radio stations as well.

The Project will also embark on outreach programmes to schools, communities and rehabilitation centres, to educate people on very important matters, ascertain the challenges they face, and then make donations as well. A conference session will be held after the outreach activities to discuss its outcome and other essential topics.

Another substantive part of the project is the premiere of a movie which aside disability portrays other relevant issues including name-calling, social protection, accessibility, empowerment and many more. The film, which is a work in progress, promises to be interesting as well as informative. You can’t afford to miss the premiere.

“The SID movie is a medium we are using to educate the general public on major disability issues with the objective of doing away with the misconceptions people have about persons with disabilities and issues pertaining to disability,” according to Mr Dennis Ato Dadzie, President of GADRES-KNUST.

Members of the SID team humbly call on individuals and organisations to support this noble endeavour of impacting society.

To sponsor, support or enquire about this project, please contact Bright Rockson, Project PRO, on 0501654514; Frederick Osei, Project Coordinator, on 0243686897; or Dennis Ato Dadzie, GADRES-KNUST President, on 0205376899.

To offer financial help via MTN mobile money, please use the contact: 0243686897, the account name is Frederick Osei. In case of reference, “SID Project” can be used.

Source: Bright Rockson (PRO, SID KNUST)

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