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23 honoured for helping the disabled

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2016 | 12:50 AM

Community-based Rehabilitation Jamaica (CBRJ), which is dedicated to children with disabilities, has honoured 23 persons and entities that have helped to transform the lives of persons with disabilities.

Speaking at a special event, held recently at the Arians Restaurant in Twickenham Park, St Catherine, acting managing director of the group, Sandra Long-White, said the awardees have contributed to the process of ensuring that “we survive”.

“We are growing stronger every day and impacting the lives of the children. With your help, what a difference we have made. We salute you for that input into our programme, and we encourage you to give the support that is needed by children with disabilities,” Long-White told the recipients.

For her part, assistant chief education officer with responsibility for special education at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Sharon Anderson-Morgan, said the CBRJ is providing world-class services to children with severe intellectual and physical disabilities, and their work and that of the sponsors must be celebrated.

Awardee Dr Arna Brown-Morgan said she got involved with the group while she was quite young, and while she was not expecting the award, there is a “joy of seeing so many faces that I know.

“Money can’t pay for this ... . There is a God above, and if I don’t do this, I am doing wrong,” she said.

“It has been a 25-year journey of giving. It is something I had to do. I have seen the growth of some of the babies into adults, and they have excelled,” Dr Brown-Morgan said.

Meanwhile, executive director at the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, Christine Hendricks, urged the group to continue to embrace a culture of unity, as they push “the development agenda”.