Bring genuine rights for the persons with disabilities

Nay Pyi Taw, June (27) -

     Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U AungKyi delivers an address at the ceremony to honour the real rights for the disabled related to promotion of implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities '' Inclusive education programme has brought education access to the children with disabilities. Children, who have completed special education and basic primary education from respective schools for the disabled, are now pursuing education at basic education middle, high schools and universities concerned shoulder to shoulder to ordinary children. Since 2006, the schools for the blind have got access to email and the internet and Myanmar sign language basic spoken book have been published for the deaf. Myanmar blind language written patterns book is also in the process will be taken to publish more books for the disabled ''. said Union Minister U AungKyi at the ceremony to honour the real rights for the disabled in connection with the promotion of the implementation of the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities jointly held by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and Asia- Pacific organization at Sky Palace Hotel in undertaking rehabilitation and development works for the disabled in cooperation with NGOs and UN agencies, and international organizations, INGOS and wellwishers.

     Survey on basic disability was made in 120 townships in 2008, which revealed that disabled accounts for 2.32percent of the population.

     So, '' national level work plan for the disabled (2010-2012) '' is being implemented to develop socioeconomic status of the disabled helping them curb poverty, enjoy mobility and equality in the society.

     As Myanmar is a member of Asia and Pacific Region as well as of ASEAN, it is implementing regional development plans for the disabled in cooperation with the regional countries.

     The Union minister said the lives of disabled persons will enjoy betterment if six sectors such as education standards, vocational education and job opportunities, healthcare, community, capability and disabled persons will enjoy betterment if six sectors such as education standards, vocational education and job opportunities, healthcare, community, capability and morale, and social requirements of disabled persons in Myanmar were improved.

     He also said that '' Rights of Disabled Persons Law '' have been drafted and would be submitted to the Hluttaw to safeguard rights of disabled persons in Myanmar, to cars them, to ensure that they enjoy fundamental human rights with no disabilities, and to improve their living standards by letting them participate in national development tasks.

     He continued to say that Myanmar will more and more try to improve quality of life of the disabled persons in Myanmar as it is a member of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

     He, on behalf of the government and Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Ministry, also thanked regional organizations and local/ foreign organizations with recognized Myanmar's transparent stride for disabled persons.

     MsAiko Akiyama of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) extended greetings and Executive Director of APCD Foundation MrAkiieNinomiya and MrToshishi of Nippon Foundation delivered a congratulatory speech.

     Union Minister U AungKyi, Deputy Minister for Transport U Win Shein and dignitaries present at the ceremony signed the book of visitors.

     Officials of APCD Foundation presented gift to Union Minister U AungKyi and Programme Director U Nay Lin Soe of Myanmar Independent Living Initiative.

     The ceremony was attended by Deputy Transport Minister U Win Shein, departmental heads, officials of UNESCAP, Asia- Pacific Development Center on Disability, Nippon Foundation, Myanmar-ILI and disability organizations and guests