The disabled a priority

Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steven Blackett has underscored the importance of the island’s disabled community to this country.

A section of the congregation at the Abundant Life Assembly for the service to mark the Month of the Disabled.
A section of the congregation at the Abundant Life Assembly for the service to mark the Month of the Disabled.

Speaking this morning during a church service to commemorate the Month of the Disabled at the Abundant Life Assembly, the minister said the promotion and protection of the right of persons with disabilities have always been of importance to successive governments, with this country ratifying in February, last year, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“I am pleased to report that the process towards the establishment of the Monitoring and Implementation Committee for the Convention is almost complete.  I am confident that this [committee] will provide the boost to the implementation of the provision of the convention,” he said.

The minister told the congregation that his ministry, the National Disabilities Unit, had set about “progressively fulfilling its mandate to offer programmes that enhance the quality of life of Persons With Disabilities.”

Several activities have been planned for the month, the highlight being the finals of the Special Olympics at the National Stadium. A series of panel discussions has also been planned.

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