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Don’t give alms to hearing impaired – GNAD

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The Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) has cautioned the public against giving alms to hearing impaired persons. This, the group says would eventually keep them off the streets.

Mr Kubachuna, National President of GNAD, gave the caution in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of the fourth anniversary celebration of the Ashaiman Municipality Association of the Deaf (ASHMAD).

Speaking through Mr Dennis Asamoah, a sign language interpreter, he noted that members of GNAD had skills and education to work but preferred begging because some saw it as more lucrative.

He urged the public to ignore those who went around with envelops and letters introducing themselves as hearing impaired with skill training but in need of money to set up.

He said such persons should be directed to the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, since the institution had provisions to help setup businesses, for persons living with disability.

“The sad thing is that when those beggars are spotted and arrested by members of the association, some members would intervene to have them freed with the intent of benefitting from the proceeds,” Mr Samuel Dogbey, ASHMAD President said.

He congratulated members for the formation of the association and commended the Ghana Federation of Disability, for its enormous support over the years.

Source: GNA

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