Armas calls for inclusivity in decision making

12 Sep 2019 19:12pm
RUNDU, 12 SEP (NAMPA) – The Chairperson of the Namibian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD), Beata Armas, said the hearing impaired community in Namibia also want to be part of decision making processes in the country.
Armas made the call at the national celebration for the month of hearing impaired people here on Thursday.
The event is held each year during the month of September to raise awareness about challenges faced by people with hearing impairment and to address their needs.
The celebration was held under the theme “Sign Language Rights for All”.
Speaking to a poorly attended event, the chairlady said Government should consider including people with hearing impairment in decision-making bodies in the country.
“We know our needs ourselves. We don’t want other people to decide on our behalf and then give us when they have already concluded or decided. We want to be part and parcel of decision-making process,” said Armas.
She also added that government should also include interpreters or people that can do sign language at public institutions like police stations and hospitals.
She said nurses and doctors should also be able to communicate through sign language or have someone that can interpret for them so that they can communicate with those that have hearing impairment.
“What if a person goes to the hospital and gets a wrong prescription as a result of poor communication?” She questioned.
She noted that it becomes difficult because every time, the police officer will need an interpreter and it will be better for some police officers to learn sign language or have someone that can sign for them to check if the information the deaf person is trying give is correct or not.