People with disabilities still have no access to information

12 Feb 2019 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 12 FEB (NAMPA) – People with disabilities still have limited to no access to information, the chairperson of the National Federation of People with Disabilities of Namibia, Daniel Trum has said.
Trum was speaking at the launch of a project to strengthen integrated systems to promote access to services for persons with disabilities in Namibia on Tuesday.
The project will improve data collection and application, strengthen coordination as well as improve access to inclusive quality services.
Trum, who is visually impaired himself, said a lot of vital information is displayed on screens for people to read for themselves, which makes it difficult to the visually impaired to access such information.
He explained that essential programmes on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation television do not have the provision of a sign language interpreter, with the exception of its news and ‘Talk of the Nation’ current affairs programme.
“Programmes like Tupopyeni talk show does not have a sign language interpreter and as we speak, domestic flights in Namibia cannot be taken by someone in the wheelchair,” he noted.
Speaking at the same convention, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Rachel Odede concurred that persons with disabilities’ needs are not met even if there are frameworks and policies to that effect.
“Having all the international and national instruments in place does not necessarily guarantee that the rights of persons with disabilities are met,” Odede said
Although Namibia is doing well in some instances, more still needs to be done to ensure that all persons with disabilities benefit from access to service, she said.
The project is fully funded by the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the tune of N.dollars 660 million and will be implemented over a period of three years ending March 2022.