Cabinet has approved the tabling of supporting Regulations for the Disabilities Act, 2014 in Parliament.
The Act aims to promote, protect, and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of privileges, interests, benefits, and treatment by persons with disabilities, on an equal basis with others.
Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Fayval Williams, who made the disclosure during Wednesday’s (September 22) Post-Cabinet digital media briefing, said that Jamaica remains a staunch advocate for greater protection of persons with disabilities.
She noted that the country was among the first to ratify the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in 2007.
She said that in accordance with the Convention, Jamaica is required to ensure that the accompanying principles are implemented into domestic law, noting that this was done through enactment of the Disabilities Act.
The Minister said, however, that subsidiary legislation, in the form of the Regulations, is needed for the Act to become operationalised.
The Regulations will also be pivotal in strengthening the capacity of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) to effectively perform its mandate in accordance with the Act, she added.