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Morris wants more opportunities for the disabled

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2015 | 4:00 AM
President of the Senate Floyd Morris

PRESIDENT OF the Senate Floyd Morris has called for the society to offer more opportunities for persons with disabilities to be meaningful contributors to national development.

This, he said, can only be done if the specific guiding principles of participation, inclusion, and non-discrimination (PIN) are followed.

Morris, who is also head of the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of the West Indies, made the appeal while delivering the 19th public lecture of the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), held in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, under the theme 'Empowering Persons with Disabilities, Maximising Potential, Building Jamaica'.

Along with the principles of PIN, Morris said the legislation, education, employment, and public education (LEEP) approach is also essential if members of the disabled community are to be truly empowered to maximise their potential.

"We have passed that piece of legislation. It's now [time] to move on to implementation ... to affirm the rights of persons with disabilities in our country," Morris said.

He cited the need for nationwide public education and training of the disabled that would enable them to rise through the ranks of society.

"After education and training, we have to make sure that we provide employment for persons with disabilities because that is where the true empowerment is going to come - when they are able to put their talents and their skills to work and earn a decent living so that they can sustain their families and contribute to the building of Jamaica," Morris asserted.

He called on the more than 400,000 members of the disabled community in the country to organise themselves "to ensure that policymakers pay serious attention to the sector".