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Visually impaired youth completes internship at JCDC

Published:Monday | August 29, 2016 | 8:00 AMKeisha Hill
Shavane Daley poses with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Clarendon-born, Shavane Daley is a youth who is not paralysed by his circumstances, but one who clears every hurdle on his journey. Propelled by confidence, high-energy and determination to live his dreams, he remains steadfast on the journey to success. Though blind, dependency is not an option, nor is dwelling on pity.

Versatile and industrious, he is determined to make his mark. Daley has been the creator and producer of News Talk 93 FM's 'Entertainment Trail' since June 2013. The show's main purpose is to educate cultural enthusiasts about the business aspects of the music industry, including copyright and artiste management. He is also a national blind cricket player and executive member of the Jamaica Visually Impaired Cricket Association.

Daley was a participant in this year's National Youth Service Graduate Working Experience Programme and was assigned to the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, for six months.

One of his main contributions was the development of an events management disabilities policy to guide the planning of events organised by JCDC. He has also made presentations to staff on persons with disabilities to foster improved awareness and understanding.

"Working with JCDC has been a tremendous experience. It has further boosted my confidence and encouraged me to share my knowledge and abilities. It is a good environment to work and grow in, and the hospitality I received from the staff gave me a sense of belonging," Daley said.

 

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"I am very thankful to Dr Delroy Gordon, the executive director, for having given me the opportunity to complete my work experience at the institution. Having faced numerous rejections from other organisations, JCDC gave me a chance to display my skills and competencies without prejudice and reservation. Also, I must thank the Combined Disabilities Association for their steadfast support," Daley added.

Daley, who studied at the University of the West Indies, Mona, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and has a minor in entertainment and cultural enterprise management.

In 2016, he completed a Master of Arts degree in cultural studies and hopes to pursue a doctorate in entertainment management or forensic psychology.