Hearing & Speech Impaired Beg Parliament
Speech impaired students in the country have appealed to Parliament to prevail on the Executive arm of government to consciously incorporate their concerns into the 2018 Budget and subsequent ones.
Students of the Cape Coast School for Deaf made the appeal in Parliament House on a visit to witness the budget debates specifically called the printing of budget statements in braille and the teaching of sign language in basic schools across the country.
The school children who spoke through an interpreter also appealed to the legislature to ensure that textbooks are converted to Brail to learning easy for Persons Living with Disabilities.
The children also urged Parliament to ensure that employment opportunities are created for them after school to avoid joblessness.
The Assistant Headmaster of the Cape Coast School for the Deaf in-charge of Administration, Emmanuel Abiu said the school depends totally on government subvention to survive and appeal from support from all stakeholders.
Some of the challenges confronting the School according to him is its environment not being disability friendly with poor road network among others.
He appealed for internet connectivity to make some computers gifted by GIFEC useful to the students.
The visit by the School to Parliament was made possible by Youth Bridge Foundation in with OSIWA as sponsors.
The Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind was established on November, 9 1979 and currently has a student population of 531 including primary to JHS and a Vocational department.
Source: Christian Kpesese/ thePublisher