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Assistive technology for the blind

Published:Saturday | March 19, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Shahine Robinson

Assistive technology for the blind

Persons who are blind or visually impaired will benefit from assistive technology to help them access the Internet.

This is being facilitated by the Government under the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Trade and Competitiveness Project (CTCP), which is aimed at contributing to the deepening of the regional integration process.

"This is an exciting development partnership and I thank the CARICOM Secretariat in Barbados for this kind donation, and look forward to its implementation in the coming weeks," said Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson.

She was addressing the opening of the Regional Disability Studies Conference at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies on Wednesday.

Robinson noted that modern technologies have the capacity to level the playing field and provide independence, equality and integration for persons with disabilities.

Turning to other initiatives to assist the disabled community, Robinson informed that later this week, the JCPD would be participating in a strategic planning workshop for the development of a virtual relay interpreting system to enhance communication for the deaf. The workshop is organised by the Jamaica Association for the Deaf through its 'Advancing Deaf Kids Jamaica' project.

The initiative aims to advance the rights and protection of deaf children and young people through a nationwide programme of communication, safe behaviour, and positive parenting.