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Breaking barriers

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, August 15, 2014

BREAKING down barriers for equal participation is an issue that people living with disability continue to talk about today.

Living with disability has challenged many to overcome the barriers, particularly on mainstreaming of inclusive education in Fiji.

United Blind Persons Association secretary Ruci Senikula said living with a disability and being part of the mainstream education made her a very strong and bold person.

In addressing people at the disability inclusive roadshow in Suva on Wednesday, she said most things were not fully accessible to those with disabilities during her years in school.

"Every child matters in Fiji and every child has the right to be included in the mainstream education system, which is very important for all children, including children living with disabilities," Ms Senikula said.

She said during her school days, teachers did not dictate notes and she usually borrowed books from friends to take home so someone could dictate to her while she converted it into braille.

Those attending the road- show were updated on the latest policy and legislation by the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons executive director, Dr Sitiveni Yanuyanutawa.

Students from various special schools in the country were part of the disability inclusive roadshow program that was held at Suva's Sukuna Park.

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