Don't dis ability

26 November 2018 | Society

Deputy minister of disability affairs, Alexia Manombe-Ncube, urged communities to create an inclusive society that allows people with disabilities to participate in all aspects of life, saying persons with disabilities often face barriers, which affects their access to education, employment, transportation and their social interactions are also limited.

She made these remarks at the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund annual Wheelchair Fun Ride held in the capital last week.

MVA Chief Operations Officer, Phillip Nghifitikeko, implored all participants to take charge of their journey to recovery by continuing to participate in such activities.

One of the fund's seriously injured claimants, Theopoldine Kandjou, commended the MVA for giving her independence and urged all seriously injured persons to not let what happened to them define their personality.

In another personal testimony, Tony Bock who sustained a life-changing injury in 2012, recounted how he struggled to move freely from one class to the other when he returned to school to complete his grade 11. “My friends would carry me up the stairs to attend my next class as there were no ramps at the school. They always made sure that I was never left behind, and that motivated me to study harder,” he said.

Bock is currently pursuing a Bachelor degree in Law at the University of Namibia and encouraged others to never look down on themselves.

Celebrated under the theme 'Don't Dis My Ability', the 9th edition of this event was aimed at raising awareness of the social and physical impact caused by motor vehicle crashes. The event gathered 70 persons with disabilities emanating from motor vehicle crashes and their caretakers from the Khomas and Omaheke regions, as well as Okahandja for them to socialise, network and share experiences.

The Wheelchair Fun Ride was initiated in 2009 to support the seriously injured with attaining their rehabilitation goals and reintegrating them back into the community, school or work.

– Nampa

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