School Sensitization Project
We are traveling to junior and senior high schools in Ghana to have our advocates speak to students about disability rights and inclusive education. Follow our project.
Portraits of Ability
We have conducted 75 photo-interviews with members, capturing stories and abilities, in four regions of Ghana.
Medical Health Screenings
We have arranged medical health screening events for our members in partnership with local doctors and other NGOs. We have also undertaken reproductive health education with mothers and pregnant women with disabilities. We are always eager to partner with any organization to bring these services to members of group.
Job Training and Placement Centre
DNF has identified a major challenge people with disabilities face and that is unemployment. The vast majority of employable individuals with disabilities are not employed even though there may be suitable jobs available for them.
Most employers and many people with disabilities are not aware of the available legislative incentives that promote the employment of these individuals. Many disabled job seekers do not possess the basic skills of resume writing, tips for successful interviews, etc.
Aiming to assist in these areas, DNF is creating a Job Training and Placement Centre (JTPC) whose mission will be to connect job seekers with disabilities and potential employers. We will develop and maintain a database of employable people with disabilities, which includes all the relevant information (age, kind of disability, education, work experience if available, skills, etc.)
The JTPC will help disabled job seekers prepare their resumes and other documents necessary for applying for a job, as well as provide relevant training (job interview, basic computer literacy.etc) All services will be provided free of charge. This will be a proud initiative of working towards assisting people with disabilities in gaining and establishing for themselves a meaningful employment.
One of the most important activities under our Mission is the protection of the rights of people with disabilities. We have set up a free of charge legal advice service that work’s to promote awareness of the rights of people with disabilities, defend these individuals if they believe they have been discriminated against, and provide other kinds of legal support services and information.
Our legal department provides the following legal services:
- Legal advice on specific cases
- Attorney service to litigate cases of discrimination based on the grounds of disability
- Provide information on the relevant state authorities and current legislation
- Preparing legal documents.
- Provision of safety regulations for public buildings.
- Poor housing
- Transportation for persons with disabilities
- Employment and it’s related problems
Every person may need psychological aid at difficult periods in their lives. In many cases, psychological assistance may dramatically improve the quality of life of people with disabilities (especially those who have recently become disabled) and their families.
From 2007 till now, our foundation has been providing free psychological and counselling aid service to people with disabilities and their families, the primary goals of which are:
- To unveil the hidden potential of people with disabilities and to improve their self-esteem
- To increase their social activity
- To enable people with disabilities to live the fullest, most productive and independent life possible.
Psychological aid and counselling primarily addresses the following problems:
- Segregation from the society
- Alarm conditions and stress situations
- Low level of social adaptation
- Disability-related complexes.
To learn more, please contact us. If necessary, arrangements of home visits are also possible.
Centre for Independent Living
Independent Living does not mean that we want to do everything by ourselves and do not need anybody’s help or that we want to live in isolation. Independent Living means that we demand the same choices and control in our every-day lives that our non-disabled brothers and sisters, neighbours and friends take for granted. We want to grow up in our families, go to the neighbourhood school, use the same bus as our neighbours, and work in jobs that are in line with our education and interests, and start families of our own.
As part of our core mission, DNF strongly encourages people with disabilities to live as full and as independent a life as possible. Many barriers to independent living exist in Ghana and little information is available for people seeking assistance. To address these issues, we have an Information desk which provides useful information concerning people with disabilities, including:
- Contact information for relevant State and Local Government agencies
- Contact information for relevant medico-social expert commissions
- Contact information for medical and rehabilitation institutions with options available for free medical treatment, within the framework of the National health insurance of Ghana.
- Contact information for organizations providing assistive equipment (wheelchairs, hearing-aids, etc.)
- Opportunities for education and training
- Opportunities for inclusion in cultural and sports activities
- Contact information for non-governmental organizations working with the areas of disability and human rightsThe Independent Living And Skills Development also addresses the following issues:
- Use of assistive devices
- Care and self-care
- Communication skills
- Family and sexual life
- Leisure planning