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‘I nearly lost my work’: chance encounters, legal empowerment and the struggle for disability rights in Ghana

Abstract

This article uses a case study from Ghana to argue that rights-based legal instruments are important but insufficient steps towards securing disability rights in non-western societies. Despite Ghana’s implementation of a Disability Act and ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a grassroots perspective shows that legislation and the model of legal empowerment will not automatically produce equal access to human rights. The paper will present this argument through a case study of an individual who became disabled in 2008 and struggled for four years to secure his rights to healthcare and employment. I also argue that the case has a wider significance for disability rights in Ghana and beyond.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Grischow JD
Year of Publication
2015
Journal
Disability & Society
Volume
30
Issue
1
Number of Pages
101 - 113
Language
eng
ISSN Number
0968-7599
DOI
10.1080/09687599.2014.982786
Publication Language
eng
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