I want to change how society sees people with disabilities

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As Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of the Republic of Ghana said, ‘If change is denied, or too long delayed, violence will break out here and there. It is not that man planned or willed it, but it is their accumulated grievances that shall break out with volcanic fury.”

This has always driven me to be a force of change wherever I find myself. Just recently, I was elected the school prefect of my school. And this has offered me a new platform through which I can induce change.

Growing up with blindness, I noticed that, the concept of educating the blind, was almost unheard of in my community. So, when I came to school, I was determined to show everybody that, I could also make it.

Growing up with blindness, I noticed that, the concept of educating the blind, was almost unheard of in my community. So, when I came to school, I was determined to show everybody that, I could also make it.

I have something I refer to as, ‘DDP’, which stands for Dedication, Determination and Perseverance. I always tell my friends about it.

I tell them that first, they must be dedicated to their studies and not to lose sight of their goals until they have achieved them.

Secondly, they must be determined to succeed and always win. Nobody is born a winner, but we rather make ourselves into winners.

Lastly, they must persevere no matter the situation or circumstance and always believe that there is no limit. Not even the sky because man has been to the moon. They should always pursue their goals and to ultimately inspire change in others and try to bring the winds of change where ever they go.

Some of the things I want to change in my community include how society sees people with disabilities. I want society to see us as people with great potential, and give us the chance to exhibit this potential.
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Lord and his friend at school
At school with a friend.

Some of the things I want to change in my community include how society sees people with disabilities. I want society to see us as people with great potential, and give us the chance to exhibit this potential.

Over the years, I have been trying to educate my community about people with disabilities through various avenues like at the church and at youth community meetings.

I try to bring change to my community because change is what makes the world go around. And change ultimately is the key to the prosperity of the community.

About the author: My name is Lord and I am 17 years old. I was born in Kwehu, in the Eastern Region and I am currently a student of the Akropong School for the Blind.  In the future, I want to be a pilot, mainly to show to the world that there is no limit to human determination and to change the way people think about the blind.

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