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  • Six special education schools are to benefit from a $33 million project earmarked for implementation this year by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining.
  • These institutions cater to the educational development of youngsters deemed physically and intellectually challenged.
  • In addition to the equipment, six subjects taught at the institutions are to be converted to sign language format.

Six special education schools are to benefit from a $33 million project earmarked for implementation this year by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining.

The institutions are: the Lister Mair-Gilby School for the Deaf, Salvation Army School for the Blind, Randolph Lopez School of Hope, and Carberry Court Special School, in Kingston and St. Andrew, as well as one special education school each, located at Llandilo, Westmoreland, and Woodlawn, Manchester.

These institutions cater to the educational development of youngsters deemed physically and intellectually challenged.

State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, says the institutions will be provided with specialized computerized equipment, pointing out that these resources “will allow those persons who are blind and deaf to be able use technology.”

Mr. Robinson made the announcement during his 2014/15 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on June 11, under the theme: ‘Information and Communication Technologies as Enablers for Growth and Development’.

In addition to the equipment, the State Minister said six subjects taught at the institutions are to be converted to sign language format. These include: Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Mathematics, English Language, Biology, Building Construction, and Integrated Science.

Meanwhile, Mr. Robinson advised that the Ministry’s agency, the Universal Service Fund (USF), is implementing several projects aimed at providing technology resources to institutions catering to “special groupings.”

These include: the Women’s Centre, Trafalgar Road, St. Andrew; and Jamaica Association for the Deaf.

The State Minister said the engagements aim to provide technology access to ensure that persons “who are differently challenged” and do not readily have the benefit of economic opportunities, are so empowered.