Persons with disabilities and albinism on Friday (today) held a quarterly public forum on disability at UNICEF offices in Harare where they exchanged ideas on ways to better their lives.

Speaking to ZBC News on the sidelines of quarterly consultative meeting with the disabled community today, event organiser and founder of Signs of Hope Trust, an organisation that lobbies for the rights and welfare of persons with disability and albinism, Samantha Sibanda said the event provided an opportunity for them to exchange ideas and educate each other on  ways to better their social welfare.

“Today we are also educating the disabled community of a commcare application basically provides to them necessary information and offer assistance to some of the difficulties they face everyday such as on where to find wheelchairs, sunscreen lotions…. Access to such useful information has been made easy and it is our hope that this will go a long way in enhancing their lives,” she said.

Guest of honour at the event, Senator Rejoice Timire who is the disability representative weighed in saying it is important that the constituency maintains continued dialogue to share experiences and device solutions on their challenges.

“As disabled people this platform gives us space to discuss issues that affect our lives and we also get to know what our members are suffering from,” she said.

The event was attended by various civic society organisations and influential individuals including former disability senator Nyamayabo Mashavakure.