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Zimbabweans With Disabilities Unhappy Over Delays in Sign Language Introduction

FILE: Joseph Shiroko, founder of Brian Resource Center, communicates with a student in sign language

People living with disabilities are worried that it is taking too long for Zimbabwe to operationalize sign language as one of the country’s national languages.

Edwin Ndlovu, chairperson of Disability HIV Trust said government should move fast to nationalize sign language.

Ndlovu said they are engaging relevant ministries in an attempt to ensure that provisions of the Zimbabwe constitution legalizing sign language are effected.

“We are also engaging relevant parliamentary committees to make sure that they also recognize issues to do with disability and political will to ensure that disability issues are prioritized.”

He added that “we have come a long way in terms of lobbing stakeholders to ensure that programs that deal with disabilities in the country benefit the right people.”

Ndlovu said there are some United Nations conventions that also need to be considered in Zimbabwe that cater for the needs of disabled people.

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