Disabled men receive Margaret Moodie scholarships
Three young men are this year's recipients of the Margaret Moody Scholarship, administered by the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD).
The awardees, Delon Smith, Ian Smith and Shamar Bennett, who have varying forms of disabilities, were selected out of a competitive group of 13 applicants.
Margaret Moody, who was a nurse at the University Hospital of the West Indies, bequeathed $582,392.30 to the community of disabled persons upon her death in August 1985. Some years later, it was handed over to the JCPD. To date, the value of the fund stands at approximately $15 million.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, which was held at her North Street offices, Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson, in congratulating the scholars, said they represented the "power and potential of persons with disabilities (PWDs) and the positive difference they continue to make with their lives and, by extension, to our lives and the development of the country".
PLEASED WITH PROGRESS
Robinson said she was pleased with the progress being made within the country's disability sector.
"It is exciting that the disability sector is shifting from merely rehabilitation and treatment to one of positive social inclusion, integration and action and that PWDs are being encouraged to move from welfare to well-being, from dependence to independence and self-empowerment," she said.
The minister also used the occasion to call on businesses and other institutions to lend greater support to meeting the educational needs of PWDs.
Meanwhile, Executive Director of the JCPD Christine Hendricks encouraged the recipients to make full use of the opportunity they have been given.