Legislation soon to protect the disabled

The Ministry of Social Care is in the process of enacting legislation to protect the disabled community and a draft Bill is now before the Chief Parliamentary Counsel.

In her address on Thursday at the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados’ Midterm Delegates’ Conference at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Minister of Labour, Senator Dr Esther Byer Suckoo, expressed optimism that the Bill would be debated soon.

She said that “sometime in the very near future, we will have on our statute books, legislation to protect one of our society’s most vulnerable groups”.

Dr Byer Suckoo contended that over the years, Barbados had sought to create mechanisms to maintain high standards of care and due diligence regarding the rights and protection of the disabled.

In this regard, the Minister of Labour said significant efforts had been made to provide support services to integrate persons with disabilities into the labour force through skills training provided by the National Disabilities Unit.

Given this scenario, the Minister told her audience that one must dispel the notion that a disabled person was one who was unable to help themselves, effectively function in society, or someone who was confined at home and unable to work.

“We should all be aware now that disability and disabled persons form a spectrum. You have those with mild disabilities to those who have extreme and severe disabilities. So, there is no one cap fits all; we have to realise that there is a spectrum. I am hopeful by now that all of you will agree that disability does not signify inability. In fact, in most cases, it is not inability,” she emphasised.

Senator Byer Suckoo reminded the participants that the ‘differently-abled’ were just as valuable to the island’s economic growth and prosperity as able-bodied workers, and that all efforts must be made to ensure that they were not marginalised.

“As a nation, it is imperative that we must never forget that our overall productivity and growth is dependent on the inclusion of all persons in our labour force. When all individuals are engaged in decent employment, it not only reduces unemployment figures, it also reduces the burden on those state agencies mandated to provide services; provides support to families; and gives the individual a sense of self-worth,” she said.

12 Responses to Legislation soon to protect the disabled

  1. Wendy Knight
    Wendy Knight September 23, 2017 at 10:55 am

    The election soon too

  2. straight talk September 23, 2017 at 11:42 am

    You trying some everything now it coming to thee end and when yuh finish it will be a total mess like all thee budgets and taxes that were introduced by Chris Sinkler.

  3. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett September 23, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Suddenly, when it’s close to election… smh

  4. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott September 23, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    She finally wake up

  5. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard September 23, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    wait his woman mad or foolish ,The disabled in this country shall be protect ever sent. This woman now come town or disabled ppl now come to bdos.man get over it please.

  6. Rusty Ralph
    Rusty Ralph September 23, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Parliament full of lawyers and all they do is talk about legislation. Yappa, yappa, yappa, all day long. Its coming….No action.
    Politicians in Barbados are ALL a waste of time.

    • Curtis Brewster
      Curtis Brewster September 23, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Even if passed,Ralph, who will enforce the law? They proclaimed a law in 2012 that was drafted in 2005, and who is one of the largest violators of that law?

  7. Christopher Foster
    Christopher Foster September 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Also it’s about time for service dog legislation

  8. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch September 23, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Wait you now wake up.. that should be in place every since….OMG.

  9. straight talk September 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    All she does talk bout is legislation legislation legislation , legislation for this legislation for that an act for and an act for that tired of you.

  10. Tony Webster September 23, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Quick: pass a law which requires evahbody to obey all laws. Raising kids the “right way”?? Naaah…Mek more laws!

  11. hcalndre September 23, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    This is 2017 woman and you now remember that the physical challenged are people too. The coming election going to make you all promise the moon and the stars. Let`s start with the buses, there`s no way a wheel chair person can board a transport bus and the driver would not get up and assist even if one was trying to get on board. The ramps that they cut out for the wheel chairs are the worse I`ve ever seem especially on Broad St. They wheel chair person could fall backwards because the cutouts not ramps are like 45 degrees elevated and about 2ft. long. With all the disabled persons in Barbados Dr. Suckoo, how many are seen on the streets or in the Super markets at any given time?


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