No longer left out

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other ap­pro­pri­ate means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion; and to rea­son­able ac­cess to nec­es­sary ma­te­ri­als, sub­stances and de­vices re­lat­ing to the per­son’s dis­abil­ity.

A per­son with any dis­abil­ity has the right to rea­son­able adap­ta­tion of build­ings, in­fra­struc­ture, ve­hi­cles, work­ing ar­range­ments, rules, prac­tices or pro­ce­dures, to en­able their full par­tic­i­pa­tion in so­ci­ety and the ef­fec­tive re­al­i­sa­tion of their rights.” Her head teacher, Sofia Waqanidrola, said the event was an op­por­tu­nity for them to show their po­ten­tial and make them feel they were part of so­ci­ety and not left out. Naomi, orig­i­nally from Nayavu, Ra, has been vis­ually im­paired since birth. Ms Waqanidrola said it was an oc­ca­sion for her stu­dent to show their po­ten­tial and made them feel part of the so­ci­ety in a sense they aren’t left out.

Pres­i­dent Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote said what Naomi did was in­spir­ing.

He said Fiji made a spe­cial ef­fort to take ev­ery­one on board for­ward on the new jour­ney which in­cluded peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. “And we are de­ter­mined as a na­tion that, as far as pos­si­ble, dis­abil­ity should be no bar­rier to ad­vance­ment, our first par­a­lympian gold medal­ist Hon­or­able Iliesa De­lana is now our As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports,” he said.

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