YOUTHS living with disabilities still feel they are being discriminated against.
This was a common issue raised at a youth conference for the Central Division organised by the Youth and Sports Ministry.
The first-of-its-kind conference featured youth groups from five provinces and groups from the urban areas as well as those with special needs.
"One of the common issues brought up in our discussions was discrimination against people living with disabilities," said sign language interpreter Patricia Miller.
"Many of these youths living with disabilities still feel people see their disabilities instead of their abilities.
"It's hard when it comes to making ends meet because they are not offered jobs, they choose to drop out of school because of bullying and so on."
Ms Miller said this would not deter youths living with disabilities as they constantly battled for equality in society.
"We are here, we want to be accepted in society and we want to be included. All we ask is that people take us as we are, accept our disabilities and acknowledge our abilities."