The Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association ( CPA), Stephen Twigg has assured that, inclusive policies for Persons With Disabitiies would forever remain key priority to the Association.

According to him, CPA would use the 66th Conference which is currently ongoing in Ghana to tackle policies that sought to promote inclusiveness of PWDs among all CPA member countries.

Stephen Twigg made this known when he joined members of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) to pay a familiarization visit to the Accra Rehabilitation Centre on Monday, October 2, 2023.

He said persons with disability have specific needs, priorities and perspectives based on their individual identities including their gender of which CPA would focus in its policies.

He added that, globally disability issues are common in character, but with specific needs of which CPA members are encouraged to be guarded with and ensure persons with disability found a place in society.

Notwithstanding, Mr Twigg said he was impressed with the effort put in by management of the Accra Rehabilitation centre despite the financial challenges it faced.

Madam Yvonne Norman, Deputy Director of Social Welfare and Seth Dzidzornu, Manager of the Rehabilitation Centre took turns and briefed the CWPD members about its formation, the objectives, the achievements and the challenges the Centre faces.

The Centre, Dzidzornu said has various specific unions including the Blind Union, the Deaf known as the Sign Language Union and the Albinism.

The Centre, he explained, admits Persons with Disabilities between the ages of 18 to 35 and trains them in various skills including Carpentry, Tailoring, Shoe-making and Craft work.

Currently, the Centre has about 40 trainees undergoing training , but is faced with funding and accommodation problems with little subventions from the government.

The Accra Rehabilitation Centre was established by Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah in 1962 to cater for services men and other officers who became disabled during the Second World War to find some work.



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