But us, when we are disability, our minds or what we’re talking, we have some experience or some talents to give out. I’m a disability but I’m not inability. I have more talents to pull out. I can read, I can write, I can speak, but due to my disability I cannot walk fast.
I was 4 years, and I came down to become a cripple on the ground. And after another 4 years I get up and I’m walking on one leg. So on the right side of my body, one leg is longer than the other. My arm, too, one is bigger than the other. Due to that, to walk fast is the only thing I find difficult.
Some of my friends and my families, when we are at a place talking, they will not include me inside what they are doing. They say that I am a disability so I’m not able to do this and this. They don’t involve me and they think that I can’t do it. My relationship with my family is ok. As for my parents, they don’t have the financials to support me, but by the grace of God, I pray that now that I have got to a level of education, I can get an assist for employment or I can get any job and be doing it. My disability didn’t affect my education, but I just need support to improve my talents. For my education level now, I’m in journalism, so when I get a job at a radio station or any station that I can prove my talents as a radio presenter, I would be very happy with it.
My happy experience is when I’m happy how God created me. I like it the way he created me. My own is better than some people. I’m happy now. All are not equal, so I’m happy. By the grace of God it shall be well with us.
What is your best ability?
Right now, as I’m here, I can repair phones, I can drive, and I can teach, too. Anything that hand and brain can do, I can do it. But it’s only about the financials.
What are the biggest barriers for persons with disabilities in Ghana?
You see, there is no support for the disability. They think disability is inability. They think we cannot do it. But us, when we are disability, our minds or what we’re talking, we have some experience or some talents to give out. I’m a disability but I’m not inability. I have more talents to pull out. I can read, I can write, I can speak, but due to my disability I cannot walk fast.
So they thought because I’m disability of my leg, my mind is also like that. They think that, when they see us, they don’t see any improvement in our condition. So they thought we are not anything. But we are something. Rather than that, we can bring the better things to Ghana, or we can improve Ghana to be a big country. They think we cannot bring anything to Ghana, that we cannot bring any profit, they thought like that. We can make it, but they don’t know. So if we have any support, then we can prove that disability is not inability.
What kind of support do you think would be helpful for you?
As we don’t have the strength to maybe farm or drive, we have the power to go to school and learn. When you go to school, what can make us go to school easily, so that we can be going to school and coming in, that will make it easy for us. When you can hold a pen and write, you can acquire some money even if you don’t have the strength to farm and drive.
To me like this, my support is when I get something to improve my education, if I can further up. But due to financial problems when we want to go to any school at all, it depends on money. So if I can get money or financial support to improve my education or to get my job in journalism, I know it will be quite good. And I can prove to other people that disability is not inability.
What idea do you have for improving the lives of people like you?
The idea that I have is that they should not think that we are not important. We are important. It’s not our mind that should come to be a disability. We didn’t beg God that he create us to come to be a disability. But it’s due to how he created us, that is how we came to be a disability. So I’m telling them, those who have the strength, the power to work, they should work and help us so that we too will not be a problem to them. Right now when you have a job and you need some money you can employ us. So when we are walking we will not come to you and beg you give us money. So when you give us some work to be doing, we will not be a problem to you again. We need support so that we can improve.
Do you give advice to other people who have disabilities?
When I meet a friend like me or a friend with a disability, I will encourage him. Like I said, disability is not inability. So what you have in your mind, bring it out to the public, that they will know that you have some talents in you that you can give out. But don’t sit down in the house and fold your arms and say that I need support. God helps those who help themselves, so try to do something and people will see you and they will help you that way. If you have a habit to do something then they will help you to do it. But they should not be sitting down in the house, that they need the support. They should go out and do something and by God’s grace somebody will see and help them.