Disabled seek education, job opportunities
Members of the National Deaf Association, including women and children, had inscribed their demands on banners they carried. "We want the president to provide us with education and employment opportunities," one banner read. Another said. "Social integration of the deaf brings development"
The deaf were an underprivileged section of society which the government must provide equal rights, Deputy Director of Education of the association, Nangyalay Nizami, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The association was provided with political, cultural, social and economic training by NGOs, he informed, saying some of the deaf were imparted shoe-making and tailoring skills as well.
Around 2.7 percent of Afghan population is suffering various disabilities. A new member of the International Convention on Disabled Rights, Afghanistan has made no progress in improving living conditions for the special people.
Alami Balkhi, head of the disabled and widows' commission, said the convention guaranteed facilities and privileges for the special people.
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