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  • During this year’s Disabilities Awareness Week, the focus will be on the achievements of that community.
  • The week, themed: ‘Opening Doors to Inclusion and Development’, will commence on Sunday, November 30 and end on December 7.
  • Public Education Officer at the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), Adrienne Pinnock, told JIS News that this year’s activities will celebrate the recently passed Disabilities Act.

During this year’s Disabilities Awareness Week, the focus will be on the achievements of that community.

The week, themed: ‘Opening Doors to Inclusion and Development’, will commence on Sunday, November 30 and end on December 7.

Public Education Officer at the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), Adrienne Pinnock, told JIS News that this year’s activities will celebrate the recently passed Disabilities Act.

The week of activities will begin on Sunday, November 30, with a church service at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay, St. James, beginning at 10: 00 a.m. Also on the same day, there will be a thanksgiving service at the Promise Learning Centre on Hagley Park Road, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

A rap session organized by the Combined Disabilities Association to highlight and recognize achievements of the disabled will be held on Tuesday, December 2 at the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT), commencing at 6:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, International Disabilities Awareness Day, there will be a stakeholder consultation on the Codes and Regulations for persons with disabilities at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

The consultation will continue on Thursday for the central parishes of Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, while in Kingston, the University of Technology (UTech) will have the closing ceremony for its Caregivers Training Programme at10:00 a.m.

Scheduled for Friday is UTech’s disabilities awareness workshop starting at 9:00 a.m. Saturday will see a grand cricket event and concert put on by the Jamaica Society for the Blind at the Ultimate Cricket Ground in Discovery Bay, St. Ann, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The week of activities will end on Sunday, December 7, with an awareness expo arranged by the Portmore Self Help Organization, at the Portmore Mall in St. Catherine, beginning at 12 noon.

Ms. Pinnock is inviting members of the public to participate in all the scheduled activities for this year.

In the meantime, the JCPD will celebrate its 40th anniversary on December 8, under the theme: ‘Honouring the Past, Reshaping the Future’.

Ms. Pinnock informed that the Council will mark the occasion by recognizing those who have contributed to its development.

The JCPD was formed in 1973 to promote equal opportunities between the disabled and the able-bodied. The Council also assists persons with disabilities with skills training and income generating self-help projects as well as developing educational programmes to promote awareness of issues affecting persons with disabilities.

For more information on the activities for Disabilities Awareness Week, members of the public may contact the JCPD at 926-9374-5.

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