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  • A Board of Management is to be appointed for the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), to give oversight to its operation, under a provision of the new Disabilities Act of 2014.
  • In addition to funding from the public purse, the JCPD will also be able to receive contributions from outside sources as provided in the law, which will require that a Board be set up by the Government to monitor its affairs.
  • Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, cites this development as historic and “part of the new-found promotion of dignity, autonomy, freedom, rights and respect for persons with disabilities in the new dispensation.”

A Board of Management is to be appointed for the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), to give oversight to its operation, under a provision of the new Disabilities Act of 2014.

In addition to funding from the public purse, the JCPD will also be able to receive contributions from outside sources as provided in the law, which will require that a Board be set up by the Government to monitor its affairs.

Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, cites this development as historic and “part of the new-found promotion of dignity, autonomy, freedom, rights and respect for persons with disabilities in the new dispensation.”

Mr.  Kellier was speaking at a church service marking the start of Disability Awareness Week, under the theme: ‘Opening the doors to inclusion and development’, on November 30, at the Calvary Baptist Church, in Montego Bay.

The Minister said that the Disabilities Act of 2014 “is a progressive piece of legislation that delivers on the promises of succeeding Ministers of Labour and Social Security – starting with the Prime Minister, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller – to put effective measures in place that will assist greatly… in lifting members of the disabled community upwards from the narrowing circumstances of their lives.”

Members of the disabled community will now have the legitimate capacity to unleash their true potential in the pursuit of whatever they want to do in fulfillment of personal and national development goals,  Mr. Kellier added.

“We pledge never to relent in the collective drive to move people within the community of the disabled from dis-ability to super-ability,” he said.

The church service was attended by members of the disabled community from across the island, led by Executive Director of the JCPD, Christine Hendricks, and Treasurer of the Cornwall Combined Disabilities Association, Andrew East.

Among the activities for the week is a series of Regional Stakeholder Consultations on the Codes and Regulations for the disabled community, to be held at the Rex Nettleford Hall, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 3, and at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville on Thursday, December 4, starting at 9:00am.

The week will culminate with a Blind Cricket Match and Grand Concert on Saturday, December 6, at the Ultimate Cricket Ground in Discovery Bay, St. Ann starting at 11:00 a.m.

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