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  • A new partnership has been established to advance the inclusion agenda of the disability sector.
  • “This is how community groups and organisations can be mighty instruments for change,” she said.
  • Mrs. Robinson said already the group has presented its submissions to her and that she has pledged her support in advancing their proposals.

A new partnership has been established to advance the inclusion agenda of the disability sector.

The group of approximately 60 members from agencies serving persons with disabilities (PWDs) – Jamaica Empowerment Partners for Persons with Disabilities (JEPP) – was formed in May.

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, speaking at the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) valedictory service, held on July 13 at the Apostolic Church of Jamaica, Central Avenue, in Kingston, said the partnership represents one example of community power for transformation.

“This is how community groups and organisations can be mighty instruments for change,” she said.

The group will focus on the priority goals for the sector, namely access to information, access to support services, access to essential services, and employment and workforce integration.

Mrs. Robinson said already the group has presented its submissions to her and that she has pledged her support in advancing their proposals.

Over 30 students graduated from the ESP, eight of whom will transition into the regular primary-school system and 22 into special-education facilities.

The ESP is a special intervention programme that caters to young children, up to six years, with various types of disabilities. It forms part of the Government’s social safety net, designed to assist the vulnerable and poor within the society.