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Minister Says Turks With Disabilities Will Drive Country's Development
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 9, 2003

ANKARA, TURKEY--State Minister Guldal Aksit told an audience at the Justice and Development Party Headquarters that people with disabilities are ready to become the driving force in the country's development, the Turkish Daily News reported Friday.

Aksit noted that, for the first time, two deputies in Parliament represent Turks with disabilities and will no longer allow discrimination against them. She added that they would continue to make progress in finding solutions to the problems people with disabilities face, which she said are primarily human rights issues.

Party Deputy Chair Nurettin Canikli said that they would make an inventory to find out how many people in Turkey have disabilities.

Other officials reported that the country is trying to reach standards accepted within the European Union promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Cemal Merdan, Chairman of the Istanbul Coordination Center for the Disabled, pointed out that the setting where the meeting was held was not accessible.

"This desk is not suitable for neither myself nor for someone in a wheelchair," Merdan said. "The improvements should start here."

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