Disability needs highlighted

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THE National Government has been urged to be sensitive to the needs of the disabled.
Guest speakers at the 8th graduation of elementary two students of the Morobe Special Education Centre (MSEC) said the PNG National Policy on Disability Action Plan which was formulated in 2005 was created to improve conditions for disabled people Morobe community representative for PNG national board of disabled people Loujaya Toni said since the policy was drawn up, little was done.
Mrs Toni said the streets of Papua New Guinea did not have walkways design for people on wheel chairs.
She said the Government should build ramps and cement walkways along the streets to cater for disabled people.
She commended the education division on its efforts to make education inclusive to all-including the disabled.
Mrs Toni said the Balob Teachers College would include in its curriculum special needs training for teachers to be better equipped to teach students who were physically impaired.
 A “Christmas shopping list” from the students of the centre was directed to three key members of the Government toward the end of the graduation ceremony.
The shopping list was directed to Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane, Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and Morobe Governor Luther Wenge.
The top priority was for a vehicle that would assist the teachers carry out the programmes.
MSEC had raised funds since the beginning of this year to help buy a vehicle.
The centre catered for all children despite their abilities.
The graduation featured plays and dances from the students of the centre for the 27 graduates.