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  • The disabled community will be receiving more assistance later this year, as proceeds from the Digicel 5K Run/Walk, to be held October, will go to children with special needs.
  • Director of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Early Stimulation Programme, Antonica Gunter Gayle expressed the hope that Jamaicans will take note of the progress being made, and end the discrimination against persons with disabilities.
  • Programme Manager, Special Needs, Digicel Foundation, Judine Hunter, assured that the Foundation would continue to support special needs children.

The disabled community will be receiving more assistance later this year, as proceeds from the Digicel 5K Run/Walk, to be held  October, will go to children with special needs.

Director of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Early Stimulation Programme, Antonica Gunter Gayle, speaking at the launch of the 5K Walk/Run, held on August 13 in downtown Kingston, said the help is welcomed.

“Their support means a lot and will go a far way in terms of rehabilitation, early intervention and [the purchasing of] equipment and materials that the disabled need,” she said.

In addition, Mrs. Gunter Gayle expressed the hope that Jamaicans will take note of the progress being made, and end the discrimination against persons with disabilities, especially in light of the recently passed Disability Act.

“Now that the Act has been passed, I’m expecting that the society will be more cooperative and understanding, seeing persons with disabilities as persons too and that they should be given the same opportunity as other Jamaicans to be a part of a society in which all us should be able to live as one people,” she added.

Programme Manager, Special Needs, Digicel Foundation, Judine Hunter, assured that the Foundation would continue to support special needs children.

“We believe strongly that our special needs children should be supported in every way and be meaningfully included in their communities. We have been working tirelessly to do this,” Ms. Hunter informed.

Guest at the launch and a representative of the Jamaica Society for the Blind, Conrad Harris, stressed the need for more public/private partnerships to assist members of the disabled community.

“For us to achieve what we want, it has to be a partnership with both the public and private sectors. So, I’m encouraging other companies to get involved and do what needs to be done in order to make life more livable for disabled persons,” he said.

Among the objectives of the Disability Act are:

  • To ensure full and effective participation and inclusion in the society of persons with a disability on an equal basis with others.
  • To prevent or prohibit discrimination against a person with a disability.
  • To promote respect for differences and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity.