A one day workshop on intellectual disability has been held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The workshop was organized by the KNUST Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation with support from the Office of Grants and Research.
The theme for the workshop was ‘Intellectual Disability, Healthcare and Technology’.
Participants of the workshop included healthcare professionals, social workers, representatives from Person with Disabilities (PWD’s), stakeholders and academics.
Delivering the keynote address, Dr.Kwadwo Ofori-Dua, who is the Principal Investigator at the Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation said that although Ghana’s Disability Act and Sustainable Development Goal 3 seeks to promote quality healthcare for all, it appears that Persons with Intellectual Disability were taken out of the equation.
He bemoaned the seeming neglect of persons with such disability in the health sector.
He says that the situation is not only in Ghana but was common in most developing countries.
Also speaking a the Workshop, Research Dr. John Boulard Forkuo explained that the workshop was a follow up of a research conducted by his team and two Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) students, Ms. Dorcas Addo and Mr. Douglas Odongo.
He said that the research was based on improving healthcare access using assistive tools for PWIDs and barriers and facilities to healthcare access of PWIDs.
He mentioned that the findings proved that PWIDs have challenges with access to health facilities, special needs and low life expectancy.
PWDs in Ghana also face emotional abuse due to the abase use of words against them and the social exclusion they face in relation to access to education and employment.
Dr. Forkuo was also optimistic that the University’s partnership with the industry in research would bring all stakeholders who have direct contact with PWIDs together to meet the objectives and influence policy formulations.