Vol.9 No.4: The Cultural Foundations of Disability: An Ethno-Communication Approach : Kwesi Yankah
02 November, 2009
Any discussion on disability in Ghana or anywhere that seeks answers or explanations to attitudes, or seeks policy interventions, without reference to culture is an exercise in futility.
That is why appreciation is extended to the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) for providing this platform to discuss culture and disability. Speaking here partly as an administrator at the University of Ghana, who in the past two years or so has been dealing with the University’s policy on disabled students, finding ways the University could fully implement policies that would ensure the unimpeded attainment of academic laurels by the disabled. Indeed, a few months ago, a modest facility was commissioned at the University, an office for students with disability, who are close to 70 at the University of Ghana.
Also, this paper is informed by the personal capacity of the author as a cultural activist, and a scholar in a field in linguistics called ethnography of speaking, that examines a people’s ways of speaking or communication.