Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Anambra State declared yesterday that what they need from Nigerians is equal rights and not charity, expressing their readiness to participate actively in the forthcoming November 6 governorship election in the state.
Speaking at the PWD civic and political organization lab organized by the Inclusive Friends Association, IFA, a nongovernmental organization, NGO, the chairman of Joint Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) in the state, Mr Earnest Ugochukwu, said gone were the days when issues of PWDs were relegated to the background or swept under the carpet.
According to him, matters concerning PWDs had moved from charity to right, occasioned by the signing of the Disability Act at both the federal and state levels.
The Executive Director of IFA, Grace Jerry commended the various political parties in the state for promoting the participation of persons with disabilities in the electoral and political processes.
She, however, called for more support, including providing clear policy direction on inclusion and campaign materials in accessible formats to reach different clusters of PWDs, as well as Braille forms, audio, sign language and subtitled videos.