Peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties gather for White Cane Day

The Myanmar Times - - News - NAY AUNG nayaung@mm­times.com

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

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