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Physically challenged persons attending the ICC World Cup Cricket games at Sabina Park and Greenfield next year, should have no problem accessing the venues, as the stadiums will be equipped with facilities for the disabled.
State Minister for Labour and Social Security, Senator Floyd Morris, said that the move was in keeping with government’s thrust to make public areas more “disabled-friendly”, noting that already, work was underway at the nation’s two international airports, while adjustments were being made to sidewalks. The State Minister, who was speaking in the Senate on Thursday (March 9), said he had received commitment from the project managers at the two sites that, “the stands being created would have the necessary access features so that disabled persons and their families can go to Sabina Park or Greenfield and be a part of World Cup 2007.” Meanwhile, he said that government was keen on “marketing Jamaica as a disabled-friendly tourist destination”.
“There are disabled persons internationally, who have significant disposable income and want to travel, but because of restrictions in the physical environment, they are unable to venture out from their particular country of abode,” Senator Morris pointed out.
He told the Senate, that the government was seeking to target these tourists, and a plan to rank hotels in terms of their disabled-friendliness would be carried out.
The plan, he informed, would be undertaken in collaboration with the Tourism Development Product Company (TPDCo) and the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities.