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Disability, Ghana and stigma

October 11th, 2015 · No Comments

A documentary by Myriam Osei on the lives of people with disabilities in Ghana, and what Ghanaians are doing to dispel the stigma and cultural fear associated with disability:

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On World CP Day…

October 11th, 2015 · 1 Comment

On October 7 2015, the head of the Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Ghana, and graduate students educated Sharecare members and students of the Accra Rehabilitation Centre on dental health and did free screening.

The 4 hour exercise was highly patronized and appreciated by those who attended. Sharecare is grateful to the School of Medicine and Dentistry for performing this service free of charge. God bless you all.

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Sharecare Support Group Meeting

September 3rd, 2015 · No Comments









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Derogatory remarks about persons with disability an offence

September 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Nana Akwasi Awuah, a legal practitioner  and social activist, says  making derogatory remarks about persons with disability (PWDs) could attract a fine of Gh¢600 or three months imprisonment or both.

He therefore advised the public to be very cautious in their dealings with PWDs and endeavour to treat them well.

Mr. Awuah gave this advice when he met with members of Sharecare Ghana, an association of people with autoimmune and neurological conditions, to educate them on their rights.

Citing section 37 of the disability law, Mr. Awuah emphasized that it is an offence to use a person’s disability to insult him or her and make derogatory remarks about the person.

“A Person shall not call a person with disability derogatory names because of the person’s disability,” he said urging people with disability to test the law in that direction, since that could deter people from engaging in such unacceptable behaviour.

“A person who commits such an offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding 50 penalty units or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding three months or both,” he added.

On education, the lawyer said, heads of schools should not refuse children with disability admission, since that is also an offence.

He read the relevant portion of the constitution to members: “A person responsible for admission into a school or any learning institution shall not refuse to give admission on account of disability, unless the disability has been assessed by the Ministry responsible for Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.”

Some mothers of children with Cerebral Palsy complained that their children had been refused admission in some public schools on account of their disability and felt helpless

Some of the mothers also said their children are given derogatory names such as “children of the river god” (Nsuo Ba) and expressed readiness to test the law to deter the public from such behavior.

Ms Farida Bedwei, a member of Sharecare who has Cerebral Palsy, and is a software engineer, called for efficient assessment centres for children with disabilities to enable the parents to know whether their children should attend a special school or a regular school.


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Farida at CNBC Africa

July 12th, 2015 · No Comments

How soon can Africa create an inclusive society for all?

Two governors in Nigeria have called for the speedy passage of the disability bill by the National Assembly at the International Conference on Disabilities in Lagos. How soon can Africa create an inclusive society for all? Joining CNBC Africa for this discussion are Farida Nana Bedwei; Co-founder Logiciel, Ani Charles Bassey-Eyo; Chairman, Local Organising Committee, International Conference on Disabilities and Danlami Bashiru; Member, Committee of the UN CRPD.

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Aviation Alliance supports mobile physio

April 10th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Aviation Alliance (AAL) has started monthly donations of Gh¢500 to Sharecare Ghana as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The donations which started in February 2015 are going towards mobile physiotherapy for Sharecare children who are unable to go to the therapeutic centre because of limited mobility and/or financial difficulties.

Sharecare Ghana opened the therapeutic centre in Osu in May last year, but home bound children outside the community have not been able to attend. The organization thought up the mobile physio concept for the children who would greatly benefit from physiotherapy but have no access to it.

Six families are benefitting from AAL’s support for which Sharecare is sincerely grateful.


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PWC donates to Enoch

April 6th, 2015 · 1 Comment

PWC has donated GH¢450 to Sharecare Ghana for presentation to a young man, Enoch, with untreated hydrocephalus and multiple disabilities. Pastor Joel Quansah of APF also donated a wheelchair from Joni and Friends to Enoch.

A team of volunteers led by Sharecare centre manager Rebecca Sai cleaned up Enoch’s premises prior to making the donation.

The team at Enoch’s place (below) with his mother.  The family said they were very grateful for the donation.


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NCPD visits Sharecare

March 21st, 2015 · No Comments

Officials from NCPD at Sharecare Centre

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The inspirational tech guru who’s owning cerebral palsy like a boss

February 14th, 2015 · No Comments

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Sharecare’s board member Farida Bedwei shares her story on CNN’s African Voices. More here:

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Commemoration of International Day of Persons with Disability

December 3rd, 2014 · No Comments



3rd December, 2014

Press Release

Since 1992, United Nations set aside December 3rd of each year as the International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPWDs).  The annual commemoration of the day has the following objectives among others:

  • Promotion of understanding of disability issues
  • Mobilization of support for the dignity, rights and well-being of PWDs, and
  • Increase of awareness of the benefits to be derived from the integration of PWDs in every aspect of political, economic and cultural life.

This year, the commemoration is also intended to further raise awareness of disability as a cross-cutting development issue, and to usher in the sustainable development goals which will succeed the MDGs.

Every year UN gives the theme on which the worldwide observance of the day hinges. The theme for the 2014 celebration of the IDPWDs is SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: THE PROMISE OF TECHNOLOGY”. Since the cradle of mankind, technology has always impacted in the way people live, work and play. For instance, the information technology has led to increased connectivity between and among individuals, between businesses, and has even made the world a global village, where everybody is a neighbor to the other. One may therefore not be in error to conclude that the reasoning for curving this year’s theme around technology could be to harness the power of technology for the promotion of inclusion and accessibility for full and equal participation of PWDs in society and to shape the future of sustainable development for all. In spite of the enormous benefits of technology, it is regrettable that not all people, especially PWDs, the world’s largest minority, can afford or have access to benefits of the technology.  This claim is sustained by the invisibility of PWDs in mainstream development framework and processes.

Ghana’s theme for the commemoration of the Day, MAKING GHANA ACCESSIBLE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY: A CONCERN FOR ALL, goes beyond the international theme centered on technology to include the breaking down of environmental, especially the built environment, communication, and attitudinal barriers, to pave way for the enjoyment of full and equal rights on equal basis by PWDs.

The Ghana Federation of the Disabled will like to use this commemorative day to make the following appeals to government:

  • To make assistive technology available,  affordable and accessible to PWDs  in the area of   communication, information, and mobility
  • To adopt sign language as one of the languages  for official activities and  for instruction, especially  the training of  professionals
  • To without delay produce and gazette the national standards for the provision of accessibility in the country. Some section of the public are already prepared and willing to comply with Section 7 of Act 715, but due to the absence of national standards, some are constructing what can best be described as “killer ramps because they are steep with very slippery surfaces. Such ramps being dotted around the country will not be useful for PWDs and will therefore not solve the physical accessibility problem in the country. The absence of the national standards is likely to provide a haven corporate organizations and government ministries, departments, and agencies failing to meet the deadline of the ten-year moratorium which ends in 2016.
  • To implement all pro-disability legislations and policies, starting the setting up of the national implementation and monitoring committee, as per article 33 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of PWDs (CRPD), to implement the provisions of the CRPD and to review the PWDs Act 715 as per article 4(b) of the said Convention.
  •  To convert the national council on PWDs into an authority to give it the needed autonomy to carry out its mandatory functions which include proposing and evolving policies and strategies to enable persons with disability enter and participate in the mainstream of the national development process,  monitoring and evaluating disability policies and programmes,  formulating strategies for broad-based inter-sectoral, interdisciplinary involvement and participation in the implementation of the national disability policy, promoting  studies and research on issues of disability, providing  education and information to the public on issues of Disability and  maintaining  a register of persons with disability, among others.

GFD also wants to call on the various religious bodies to make the gospel available and accessible to PWDs. For instance, most church buildings, parishes, and mosques are physically not accessible to PWDs. Sermons or preaching hardly includes sign language. The pulpits are not also used to sensitize the congregation on disability.

GFD further calls on the media and Civil society organisations (CSOs) to join the crusade in promoting understanding on disability, and working towards a barrier-free country where PWDs will enjoy fully and equal rights on equal basis, at all levels,  with those without disability , including participation in decision-making processes.

The Federation salutes all Persons with Disabilities as we commemorate this day and pledges its resolve to work for the recognition and promotion our rights in Ghana.

Thank you and May God Bless you All.

Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD)
P.O. Box AC 40, Arts Center, Accra
Tel: +233 0302-240530, 240-867200

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