Disabled Youths Get New Voice

By Garmonyou Wilson

Youths living with voice disabilities have been given a new voice throughout the country with the launching recently of the African Youth with Disabilities Network-Liberia Chapter (AYWDN).

According to the country coordinator for AYWDN, William Yarsiah, the organization was established in Nairobi Kenya in 2012 and that the mission of the organization is to influence national laws and programs for equal opportunities for persons living with disabilities.

He continued that the organizations vision calls for an inclusive and barrier free society for all persons to enjoy and then listed some challenges that disabled youths are faced with in the country such as accessibility to many public facilities, acceptance by family, access to institutions of higher learning, and lack of government’s will to change some laws.

Serving as keynote speaker, the founder and executive director of Oba Girls Educational Outreach and Montserrado County Senatorial Candidate, Miatta Fahnbulleh, said that the launching of AYWDN in Liberia is a happy and sad occasion.

Mrs. Fahnbulleh said the occasion was a happy one because the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) had helped disabled youths get a voice and that it was sad because in 2014 Liberia has not found ways to treat persons living with disabilities.

She then called for AYWDN and all other organizations to work together so that the society can be more informed about disabilities.

For his part the Deputy Director for Administration at the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD), Myer Nifor said that there are so many challenges for persons living with disabilities and to fight those challenges persons with disabilities need to work together.