People with disabilities gather for White Cane Day
MORE than a hundred people with disabilities from Magwe township gathered on October 15, White Cane Day, to celebrate their resilience and to change the prevailing views about disability.
“We held this event so that people with disabilities can immerse back into the community and feel independent,” said U Nay Soe Lin, Magwe Region’s Myanmar Disabled Pioneer Group chair, who is visually impaired. “This White Cane Day can raise awareness.”
The group of people with disabilities, and the Social Welfare Department staff celebrated by walking Thaung Twin, Bogyoke and Pyi Taw Tar roads in Magwe.
“I want to improve many things for people with disabilities, as citizens and human beings,” said U Nay Myo Kyaw, Magwe’s labour, immigration and population minister.
“But, the nation needs to protect them under the law.”
In June of 2015, a disabilities law was passed at the Union level but it did not include instructions for how any level of government should go about enacting the laws, U Nay Myo Kyaw said.
He said he plans to provide support for improving government efforts to help others with disabilities by collecting names and addresses.
– Translation by Khant Lin Oo