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Technology can change lives of PLWDs

19/05/2018

Advances in information technology and the digital economy creates a more equal environment, new equipment, smarter applications, and improved systems break down barriers and facilitates inclusion.

Advances in information technology and the digital economy creates a more equal environment, new equipment, smarter applications, and improved systems break down barriers and facilitates inclusion.

Host economy Prime Minister’s spouse and Patron of the Papua New Guinea Assembly of Disabled Persons (ADP), Lynda Babao-O’Neil in giving her address to the members of the APEC Group of Friends of Disabilities today said the GOFD is a highly important joint initiative.

“We need to enhance understanding not only in government, business, institutions and the general public.

“Discrimination against people with disabilities is often passive and not noticed until it is made clear.

“When we deny access to people living with disabilities to opportunities the rest of the community takes for granted, we fall short as a community.

“We also have to think beyond traditional ways and means of support and the most important element of change that will help people with disabilities are changes in technology.

“With technology people with disabilities can better participate in school or work from multiple locations and they can have jobs that either did not exist or would not have been possible in the years gone by,” said Mrs Babao-O’Neil.

The Papua New Guinea government has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and a national consultation to gauge views on the first draft of the PNG National Disability Authority Bill is currently underway.

The draft bill when enacted by the PNG Government will give more emphasis to remove barriers and make rights a reality for persons living with disabilities in PNG.