Centre for Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CEPD Ghana) embarks on regular awareness creation and advocacy exercises through seminars, workshops, Press Conferences, Newspaper publications, radio/television talk shows etc. to create awareness on issues that affect persons with disabilities in the community and educate the public on their inclusion on the job market and other related subjects such as access to education.
General Perception on the Ability of PWDs to Work.
PWDs have faced discrimination and are denied access to work to enable them to make a decent income. As a result, majority of them have to depend on family members and friends for a living. Some have to resort to begging on the streets. CEPD sensitizes employers and the public on disability issues and how to manage PWDs at the workplace while make a business case for employing persons with disability.
There is little information on persons with disabilities and their employment situation in Ghana. CEPD undertakes research into disability issues that relate to employments.
The findings of our research inform our advocacy initiative. The centre carries out vigorous advocacy and campaign activities to influence policy change.
CEPD targets employers, policy makers (Parliaments, Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and unemployed PWDs)
Recent Advocacy Work
CEPD is a member of the working committee in Ghana for the universal Peer Review UPR of the United Nations. Ghana is to submit a report to the UN on the human right conventions and instruments that Ghana is a signatory to. CEPD, the only disability organization in the committee, has submitted a report.
On 19th of July 2017, Centre for Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CEPD Ghana) and another organization that advocates for pwds met His Excellency Nana Akufo Addo, the President of Ghana at the Office Of The President to advocate on various issues affecting persons with disabilities.
CEPD advocated and facilitated disability awareness training on appropriate ways of handling disabled persons for the following institutions in Ghana;
2016 Charismatic Evangelistic Ministry, North Legon
2015 Baptist Church, Teshie
Advocacy in the Employment Sector