AYWDN Releases First Baseline Report…Exposes The Disadvantage Of People Living With Disabilities

A baselines survey released by the African Youth with Disabilities Network (AYWDN) – Liberia Chapter has revealed that youths with disabilities have less access to school.

According to the survey, only 21 percent of disabled youths have complete primary schools, 17 percent complete secondary education, zero percent do not have access to vocational training, 59 percent do not have access to education while only three percent reach tertiary level.

The survey also revealed that 47 percent of youths with Disabilities suffer other sicknesses while 53 percent has no other sicknesses.

The survey also show that youths with disabilities still find it difficult to find a job, 84 percent of such youths are not working and still live below the poverty level.

The survey also shows that even though youths with disabilities find it difficult to obtain jobs within the society, the United Nations Convention on the right of persons with disabilities deems it necessary to provide jobs for People with Disabilities.

The AYWDN baselines survey also shows that 100 percent of Youths with Disabilities attend medical care at government facilities while zero percent do not attend other facilities.

The survey also points to the fact that during the entire survey, physically challenged were in high number at 53 percent while 27 percent were visually impaired; 13 percent speech impaired while seven percent of albinos were available to talk to surveyors.

The survey recommended that government should provide jobs for Youth with Disabilities, solicit donor funding for empowerment program for Youth with Disabilities and monitoring policies be put in place for Youth with Disabilities.

The survey also recommended that government should provide funding for education and basic social services for Youth with Disabilities through the requisite institutions.

It also recommended AYWDN to review and provide an addendum to youth policy, create a strong and vibrant policy on advocacy that government adhere to while youth with disabilities be encourage by government through the provision of financial and material support to complete either formal or informal schooling to make up part of the workforces in Liberia.

The survey which was sponsored by the Open Society for West Africa (OSIWA) was launched by Rev. FallahBoima, Deputy Director of the National Commission on Disabilities.