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  • The Government is expected to conduct a review of the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) during this fiscal year, in a bid to strengthen the effectiveness of this intervention for children with disabilities.
  • A sum of $30 million has been allotted in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure...
  • The project, which is funded by the World Bank, commenced in September 2010 and initially ran until January 2013. It was subsequently extended, and is now scheduled for completion in March 2015.

The Government is expected to conduct a review of the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) during this fiscal year, in a bid to strengthen the effectiveness of this intervention for children with disabilities.

It is also anticipated that 64 social workers in the ESP as well as the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) will be trained during this period, to further enhance the programme’s provisions.

A sum of $30 million has been allotted in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, which have been tabled in the House of Representatives, to carry out these and other activities under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Support to Improve the Lives of Persons with Disabilities Project.

To further build the capacities of persons with disabilities, during the 2014/15 period, a communication strategy is to be prepared, a Management Information System (MIS) database designed, and a technical manual developed.

The project, which aims to strengthen the Ministry’s framework to advance protection policies impacting the welfare of persons with disabilities, also targets improvements in the quality of life of children with developmental disabilities through technical support and early intervention strategies.

It also seeks to strengthen the capacity of the JCPD to identify and target persons with disabilities for social (rehabilitative) benefits on a continuous basis through the establishment of an Individuals with Disability database.

Up to February 2014, training in the counselling of persons with disabilities was provided for social workers attached to the Ministry and JCPD; while parents of disabled children were trained in behaviour modification and speech therapy, among other interventions.

Other project achievements, thus far, include: commencement of data collection and registration of persons with disabilities; completion of a quantitative study on the needs of persons with disabilities (PWDs); and commencement of work to develop a public education and promotion strategy.

The project, which is funded by the World Bank, commenced in September 2010 and initially ran until January 2013. It was subsequently extended, and is now scheduled for completion in March 2015.