Group seeks equal opportunity for persons with disability
It was a celebration of the creative possibilities of the human mind at the weekend when secondary school pupils gathered for the annual national handicapped youth rally, which took place at Salvation Army Igbobi Hall, Lagos, with the theme: “Destiny Children.”
Participants were treated to different performances by the pupils, who showcased their talents to the admiration of participants.
Speaking at the occasion, the National Coordinator, Association for Handicapped Persons Welfare, Mr. Chidi Nwankwo, said the rally was aimed at promoting and providing equal opportunity for persons with disability.
“We are celebrating the fact that there is ability in disability through the exposure and encouragement given to these talented youths, which will in the long run pull out more disable people from the streets and reduce the menace of street beggars and destitute.
“We have achieved quite a lot in this endeavour as some students who have benefitted from this organization have graduated to become independent and employed. We have examples like David Okon, who was the past president of old students association at Pacelli School.
“We also have the sports paralytics group, who have won gold, silver, and bronze medals in paralytic games. Some are into vocational trainings. After training them, they in turn train others,” he said.
Nwankwo called on the general public not to look down on people with disability, but rather assist them get a meaningful life and give them opportunities to have a sense of belonging as citizens.
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