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Disability Act

March 29th, 2007 · 6 Comments

I’ve just read the Disability Act which was passed in Ghana in August last year. I expect we’ll be playing some role in pushing for its implementation.
First thing I noticed was that owners of public buildings have been given TEN YEARS within which to make their buildings accessible to all. That means I might be 56 before I can get into certain places… and it will be within the law.
What do you think about that?
Let’s also hear from you about how the law works in other countries.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 stevem // Mar 31, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Ouch my back just clicked-

    but in uk we have

    http://www.disabilityagenda.org/Splash.aspex

    but theres an entire gap between ‘Agenda’ and ‘implementation’

    just signed in fdor the ‘DRC’ [disability rights commission’ April bulletin –

    but a law without implemation is valueless

  • 2 stevem // Apr 1, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Theres also the disability discrimination act of 1995 as well but it does seem that local govt [in uk] pats lip service to notions of equality rather than actually implementing,well anything realy.

    Please don t think i m being discouragong here thats not my intent at all but i know from my experiance theres a lot of politicians on the local level that are basically slippery as their fave trick is to mention ‘public consultation’
    ie ‘we ve had a public consultation’
    which ofd course they only advertised outside the council buildings…..

    another weird aspect of ‘local democray’in york is that if you can actually find out that theres a relevant meeting going n you ve actually got to get in touch with the democracy officer ad get ‘permission to attend’ and ‘permission to speak’.
    eg
    ‘so what are you planning to say?’
    i was asked.
    i mean it was nt going to be attending the meeting with a prepared speech,pen and notebook yes but then got told that ‘to be registered to speak as member of general public they d have to know what i was intending to say.

    ah,representative democracy in action but i m actually more optimistic about the situation in Accra because at least if your near the seat of govt you can cultivate a few sympathetic contacts and over time get listened to.

    Oh question thats just occured to me how accesable is the ghanan govt website?.

    bestwishes for the remains of everyones sunday and for the week ahead.

  • 3 Nana Yaa // Apr 1, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Ghana govts official website is http://www.ghana.gov.gh. Like you said it’s implementation that’s important, so we’ll watch and see how it goes.
    The law calls for the setting up of a national council to coordinate all the organisations/groups for persons with disability and their activities. So we are waiting; hoping it’s not going to be just another bureacracy.

  • 4 steviel // Apr 1, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    kool i ll check it out.

    I know the ‘lets hope its not going to be another beauracracy’

    oh heres a link to the 1995 [uk] act-

    http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1995/1995050.htm

    oh just posted somthing about my experiances in local disability politics in york on my
    http://steviel.wordpress.com/

    but beaurocrats [or as we call them in uk ‘wonks’] are a complete breed apart as all they seemed to be interested in is saying they ve arranged a ‘meeting/consultation’ rather than anything actually being implemented from that-
    with their usually ‘Your veiws have been noted’ reply when you ve written them a email/letter asking specific questions.

    Going to be emailing some councillors tonight to find out exactly was this new ‘independant living centre ‘is and is it just another name for the day centre stuck out ve town

    oh dear goddess it probably is…..

    anyway i ll be posting you some lavender relaxation oil because your probably going to need it…..

    oh and don t be suprised if you find yourself in a ‘meeting’ and it turns out that your the only person whose read….well anything realy

    best of wishes on this sunday evening

  • 5 steviem // Apr 5, 2007 at 5:19 am

    Heres another link dealing with people in uk who ve been diagnosed as having ms/cancer and dealing with their rights and their employers responsabilities

    http://www.pointofdiagnosis.org.uk/

    oh and thanks to terl bryant for making me aware of link

  • 6 steviem // Apr 5, 2007 at 8:54 am

    heres a couple of links that may give some insight into the current state of disability politics within the uk-

    http://disabilitynow.org.uk/news/newsfocus/apr_2007.htm

    the second link concerns medical politics and the healing herb

    http://disabilitynow.org.uk/living/other/cannabis_apr_2007.htm

    Personaaly i think that the right to pain relief becomes a political issue if some-one’s spending more than a quarter of their weekly income on either herb or grog.

    oh and best of wishes on this thursday morning

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