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Continue to treat disabled well at airports

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Editor:

On January 1, 2017, I wrote a letter asking the question: When will we get it right?

My friend, who had a bad experience some time ago, returned to Jamaica for a one-week stay recently (he is a wheelchair user). On his return to the United States, I enquired about his experience at the Norman Manley Airport.

I am happy to report that all went well. He was treated professionally and even the transition from the wheelchair to the seat on the plane was well executed. This is what we have been asking of the security - to treat persons with disability with the greatest of respect and not allow us to be made to feel less than human.

The bodies I represent - the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, the Combined Disabilities Association, and the JBU CEI - Ministry to Persons with Disabilities, have been for some time advocating for a change in how persons with disability are treated at the airports when leaving Jamaica. I write to express my profound thanks and appreciation.

SARAH NEWLAND-MARTIN

saran@cwjamaica.com