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Senate urged to pass bill to establish Commission on disability

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The National Commission on Disability (NCD) and the National Union of Organizations of the Disable (NUOD) with support from OSIWA are calling on the Liberian Senate to concur with the House of Representatives on the passage of the Amended Act of 2018 establishing the National Commission on Disability.

Speaking over the weekend in Paynesville, Union of Disabled in Liberia president Naomi D. Harris said the Union strongly believes that the passing into law of this Act will address the many challenges that persons with disabilities face.She adds that it will ensure that their rights are fully restored and protected.According to Madam Harris, though they do not have the ability to see, hear and walk, they however have the right to basic social services including working for their country, quality and affordable education, good health, access to public and business facilities and livelihood.

She notes that the Partnership Against Inequalities and Discrimination in Liberia (PAID) in collaboration with NCD and NUOD has been on a lobbying advocacy with the Legislature mainly the House of Representatives for over one year.

She says in the lobbying advocacy, PAID has been fighting to ensure that the 2005 Disability Act that protects and promotes the wellfare and wellbeing of people with disabilities is well strengthened.Meanwhile, the coalition members have extended
their deepest gratitude to the House of Representatives for taking the bold step in seeing reasons for the Disability Act of 2005 to be strengthened.

They most especially paid exceptional homage to Representative Richard Nagbe Koon of Montserrado County District #11 for his role in the process.Additionally, the Union of Disabled persons is calling on all well meaning Liberians to join it in supporting this cause.By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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