Gender Ministry Calls On Public to Comply With Persons with Disabilities Act 2021

Hon. Fatou Kinteh

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare has called on the general public to comply with Persons with Disabilities Act, 2021 which has been assented to by President Adama Barrow recently.

A dispatch from the aforesaid ministry dated 10 August 2021 stated that the abovementioned Act shall make provisions for the health care, social support, accessibility, rehabilitation, education and vocational training, communication, employment and work protection and promotion of basic rights for persons with disabilities and for connected matters.   

The dispatch said the Act is in relation to the obligation of the government to protect, promote and fulfill in respect of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) of which The Gambia is a signatory.

“This ministry solicits the cooperation of all in this regard and appreciates the general public’s compliance in allowing persons with disabilities to have direct or indirect access to benefits of public social services.

“This includes access to information, communication and physical environment such as tactile and sign language interpretation for deaf hard of hearing and deaf blind persons. Audio tapes, braille, large print, low vision facilities, computerized information and programmes for the visually impaired as well as buildings, public transport, roads and streets accessible for persons with disabilities,” the dispatch stated.