Persons with Disabilities are being urged to embrace their conditions and impairments, and as well work out the strategies to surmount the odds in their livelihood.
A 51 year old, Esther Afua Ansah who lost her sight some 15 years ago has defied the odds of being overpowered by her impairment. You could hardly believe it when she walks freely in her environment, and novel ones. She cooks and does virtually everything by herself at home and even at her shop. According to her, one who is visually challenged must explore her remaining senses to adapt to his or her world.
“Start asking questions. Know what is happening because your hearing is working, your sense of feelings are there. Use your legs to know what is there, use your hands to feel it…accept your condition and all those things that will help build your confidence”, she told Skyy News’ Abraham Mensah.
Ms. Esther Afua Ansah entreated parents, relatives and society to provide the needed psychosocial support for persons with disabilities so as to enhance their development.
“The support should come from the family, friends and people round you. They can make or un-make you…because if you get yourself into where couldn’t do something, by all means somebody should be there to support you” she narrated.
Ms Esther Afua Ansah is an inspiration to other persons with disabilities in Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis and the Western Region at large. She is a beneficiary and a key discussant on Skyy Media Group’s Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Project dubbed “Making a difference with the 3 percent District Assembly common Fund”, in partnership with STAR Ghana, and funding from UKAID, DANIDA and EU.
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