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  • Another $15 million in grant funding is to be made available to the Jamaica Council of Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) this financial year.
  • Minister Kellier noted that the money will assist the JCPD to identify and target persons with disabilities for social benefits and labour market opportunities on a continuous basis.
  • These funds are in addition to the $67 million in grant funding, which has already been earmarked for this vulnerable group, this year.

Another $15 million in grant funding is to be made available to the Jamaica Council of Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) this financial year.

This, as the Government continues to improve the economic and social well-being of persons with disabilities.

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 28.

Mr. Kellier noted that the money will assist the JCPD to identify and target persons with disabilities for social benefits and labour market opportunities on a continuous basis.

This is being done through an on-going island-wide registration exercise of persons with disabilities and the creation of a Management Information System (MIS) that can provide critical socio-economic information on persons with disabilities.

“I want to encourage persons with disabilities in Jamaica to get registered. I am appealing, also, to everyone who knows of such persons in their communities to ensure that they are accounted for through this on-going registration process,” he said.

These funds are in addition to the $67 million in grant funding, which has already been earmarked for this vulnerable group, this year.

The money is being provided under the World Bank’s Japanese Development Fund, and will support social, economic, and labour market inclusion of persons with disabilities in Jamaica.

The Minister noted that approximately 300 persons with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 36 years are set to benefit from skills development training and placed in jobs suitable for their qualifications.

In the meantime, the Minister lamented that despite the Government’s ratification of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2007), “hundreds of persons with disabilities report continuing discrimination in their daily lives in Jamaica”.

He, therefore, said he was pleased that the landmark National Disability Act 2014, which makes provisions to safeguard and enhance the welfare of persons with disabilities across Jamaica, was tabled in the House on May 7, and will be debated early in this legislative year.

The Bill seeks to promote, protect, and ensure the full and equal enjoyment by persons with disabilities of privileges, interests, benefits, and treatment, on equal basis with other persons.

“Its enactment will also pave the way for enhanced contribution by persons with disabilities to the society and economy of Jamaica by removing impediments to their full participation as citizens in the labour market,” he said.