Help in­te­grate peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — I make ref­er­ence to an ar­ti­cle in yes­ter­day’s Chron­i­cle, ti­tled: Fur­ther cus­tody for crip­pled man “un­able to func­tion in prison”.

Per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties would like to raise their con­cern on the use of the word crip­ple to re­fer to a per­son with a dis­abil­ity in yes­ter­day’s Chron­i­cle. We ex­pect jour­nal­ists to pro­mote the use of proper ter­mi­nolo­gies when re­fer­ring to per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

The word crip­ple refers to a per­son or an­i­mal un­able to use one or more limbs. We are shocked that at a time when Zim­babwe is work­ing to­wards the do­mes­ti­ca­tion of the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties (UNCRPD), rat­i­fied by the Govern­ment of Zim­babwe in Septem­ber 2013, we still have jour­nal­ists who use of­fen­sive lan­guage when re­fer­ring to a per­son with a dis­abil­ity.

Our own Zim­babwe con­sti­tu­tion uses the term “per­son with a dis­abil­ity” and even in pub­lic speak­ing, peo­ple do not use the term crip­ple, but use a na­tion­ally and uni­ver­sally ac­cept­able term — per­son with a dis­abil­ity.

This is the time when we ex­pect our jour­nal­ists to pro­mote the in­te­gra­tion of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties by writ­ing in a lan­guage that projects the hu­man el­e­ment in a per­son with a dis­abil­ity.

Imag­ine in present day Zim­babwe re­fer­ring to a black per­son as a “kaf­fir”, an of­fen­sive term that was used dur­ing Rhode­sia or re­fer­ring to a black Amer­i­can as a “ne­gro”, an of­fen­sive term that was used dur­ing the slave trade.

I call upon our jour­nal­ists to be in the lead of en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­ni­ties to cham­pion the in­te­gra­tion and in­clu­sion of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties in all com­mu­nity pro­grammes through ef­fec­tive use of their jour­nal­is­tic skills. Dr. Oba­diah Them­bani Moyo, pres­i­dent Na­tional Coun­cil of Dis­abled Per­sons of Zim­babwe (NCDPZ).Phone/What­sapp: 0773064320 Email: ob­bamoyo@gmail.com

Ed­i­tor’s note: We apol­o­gise un­re­servedly for the use of the term “crip­pled man” in one of our head­lines in yes­ter­day’s edi­tion of The Chron­i­cle.

This news­pa­per does not dis­crim­i­nate against peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties and we wish to ad­vise our readers that this will never be re­peated.

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