Youth Rights Activists Petition Parliament on Disabled Children

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Youth Rights Activists have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament to form a task force to probe the situation of children with disabilities and monitor the national policy on disabilities.

Youth Rights Activists have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament to form a task force to probe the situation of children with disabilities and monitor the national policy on disabilities.
 
Ronald Sekitooleko, the Programs Director Hope Always for Youth and Women Initiative, noted that their organization has visited several regions in the country and found out that the disabled children are stigmatized and face immense suffering.
 
He appealed to Speaker Kadaga to urgently see that parliament takes action in as far as issues with children with disability are concerned.
 
Sekitooleko asked that government introduces a disability fund to cater for persons with disabilities especially children with disabilities.
 
He added that government builds special needs schools at least one in each district saying that most of the available schools in the country do not consider the disabled children.
 
In addition, a health policy targeting children with disabilities or special needs was requested saying that children with disabilities do not receive the required health services.
 
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Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament, noted that a Disability Act was enacted in the seventh parliament but that she thinks it is not comprehensive enough.
 
She noted that a debate will be arranged on issues of education, health management of the disabled children and make later make recommendations to the government.
 
She also noted that a copy of the petition will be passed to the committee of gender and labor of parliament to take necessary steps.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.

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