Friday, June 30, 2006

Disabled youth cries out in Youth Parliament

By Odette Ismail

Concerns were raised about accessibility for disabled youth at the two-day long National Youth Parliament hosted by parliament on Tuesday. This debate increased when the organisers of the Youth Parliament did not provide proper structures in accommodating the disabled. Ms Gwen Mahlangu, deputy speaker of the National Assembly in Tshwane, was very disgraced that disabled people were carried out of buses and demanded an explanation. There was a cry out to government to ensure more support and access to especially obtaining information for the disabled.” Let us show them we walked the path,” said Mahlangu, who referred to the youth of 1976 who joined forces so that the 30th anniversary of June 16 can be celebrated. Other highlights for the day were the need for safety in schools and the availability of jobs after the completion of studies. The results of the discussion will be written up in a report to be tabled for further consideration.


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