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  • Poor persons with disabilities across the island, are to continue benefitting from major interventions under the Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) project, following an allotment of $40 million in the 2015/16 Budget.
  • The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with funding from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
  • It aims to increase the employability and skills development of poor persons with disabilities (ages 18 to 36 years).

Poor persons with disabilities across the island, are to continue benefitting from major interventions under the Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) project, following an allotment of $40 million in the 2015/16 Budget.

The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with funding from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

It aims to increase the employability and skills development of poor persons with disabilities (ages 18 to 36 years); and improve the service delivery of special education needs to poor children with disabilities between ages zero to six years.

For the 2015/16 period under the project, it is expected that seven consultant contracts will be implemented for provision of skills training and other interventions for PWDs; three-day capacity building workshops are to be conducted; and parenting skills training will be facilitated for parents of children with disabilities on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).

Additionally, adaptive aids will be purchased for children with disabilities on PATH (glasses, hearing aids, wheelchairs); and a consultant is to be engaged to conduct additional rehabilitative sessions offered to children with disabilities enrolled at the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP)

Up to December 2014 under the project, eight consultancy contracts were signed with organisations to implement Skills Training, Employment and organisational Strengthening activities for PWDs; a total of 172 PWDs were engaged in Skill Training and Apprenticeship activities leading to HEART Trust/NTA certification; and an assessment was completed of the Training Needs of Persons with Disabilities on PATH and Capacity Assessment of Training providers Study.

Additionally, a Staff Development and Capacity Building Workshop was conducted with staff of the ESP; a documentary was completed for communication and visibility of project activities; and needs Assessment and Institutional Review of the ESP commenced.

The project is scheduled to run from April, 2013 to June, 2016.