According to the 2013 general census, 5.9 per cent of the population of Senegal live with a disability. The real number is estimated to be much higher, reflecting the World Health Organization’s global estimate of 15 per cent.
What needs to change
There needs to be equitable access to knowledge, reading and information at all levels of education and access to cultural products. These are rights guaranteed in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. If the government of Senegal ratifies the Marrakesh Treaty, which aims to make reading material more widely available in accessible formats including braille, audio and large print, it will have a huge impact in the lives of people with disabilities and bring an end to the ‘book famine’ experienced by people with print disabilities living in Senegal.
In the news
signed our call to the government of Senegal to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty in order to guarantee the access of persons with disabilities to printed material.