The Federation of Organisations of Disabled People in Zimbabwe (FODPZ) is on a disability sensitisation drive across the country and has encouraged Zimbabweans to continue promoting friendly initiatives.

The initiative comes at a time when over 1 billion people across the globe live with physical impairment of which a huge fraction is in Sub-Saharan Africa.

While advocates have commended the progress recorded so far in setting disability friendly policies by government, they have called for support towards empowering disadvantaged communities to be intensified.

“About 90 percent of children with disabilities are out of school, this shows that there is sill a long way from winning against stereotypical behavior in our societies. Public places and service providers still need to ensure that they are accessible for the visually impaired. If teachers, nurses, other public office holders and even the media could appreciate sign language, we could achieve better inclusivity,” said FODPZ National Co-ordinator, Ms Elisa Ravengai.

The sensitisation programme, which is targeting tertiary education students, is emphasising the need to improve technical aids, equipment, reliable support systems, inclusive education and training.