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  • The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is encouraging parents and guardians to get help for their disabled children.
  • Executive Director of the Council, Christine Hendricks, said parents should not hide children with disabilities, but should get the necessary assistance for them to be integrated in society.
  • On Monday, November 17, the Council began its islandwide consultations for the drafting of codes and regulations.

The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is encouraging parents and guardians to get help for their disabled children.

Executive Director of the Council, Christine Hendricks, said parents should not hide children with disabilities, but should get the necessary assistance for them to be integrated in society.

“Parents need to understand the importance of their child and the importance of allowing the child to be a part of society. The earlier disabilities are indentified, the better it is when intervention takes place,” she said.

Mrs. Hendricks was addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on November 19 at the agency’s headquarters in Kingston.

She assured that the Council will continue its public awareness campaign to educate parents and guardians through partnerships with Government and non-governmental organisations.

Mrs. Hendricks informed that the Council’s representatives go to Parent-Teacher Association meetings at schools that cater to children with disabilities. “For schools that do not necessarily only cater to persons with disabilities, we also go in to speak with principals, teachers as well as parents,” she added.

Meanwhile, Public Education Officer at the JCPD, Adrienne Pinnock, informed that once consultations with stakeholders about the codes and regulations guiding the interaction between the public and persons with disabilities have been completed, the use of children will be an important component in getting the messages across.

“After consultations with stakeholders, we are making plans to create a public awareness video utilising children to simplify the information in the Disabilities Act, so that the message can also be spread across schools and institutions where there are children,” she said.

On Monday, November 17, the Council began its islandwide consultations for the drafting of codes and regulations. To date, these sessions have been held in western and eastern parishes. Other consultations for southern and central parishes have been set for December.

 

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