Rural communities have been urged to involve people living with disabilities in decision making and development processes.
People living with disabilities constitute about 10 per cent of Zimbabwe’s population but in many rural areas t has been observed that they are viewed as charity cases and usually sidelined in decision making, development and economic processes.
Speaking at a two-day Local Level Advocacy Programme (LLAP), held at Silozwi Primary School in Matobo Ward 16, Mr. Vernon Ntaisi who is living with a disability said people living with disabilities are not recognised in the community and their input in decision making and development processes is not usually incorporated.
“There is a need to incorporate people living with disabilities in economic and development processes because they are often left out in most activities,” Ntaisi said.
He said disabled people should be integrated into the mainstream society, be given a chance to input on decision making processes and speak on their plight and come up with solutions in order for sustainable development to be realised.
There were two people with disabilities at the workshop where one of the advocacy issues identified was the involvement of people living with disabilities in community developmental initiatives.
Ntaisi received a Certificate of Excellence for his sterling performance at the workshop.