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Persons registered with disabilities council can apply for COVID relief grant

Published:Friday | August 14, 2020 | 11:31 AM
Executive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, Dr Christine Hendricks - Contributed photo

The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is advising persons registered with the entity that they may apply for the care grant under the Government’s WE CARE Programme. 

This is an extension of the initiative that started in June and targets persons with disabilities to cushion the economic impact of COVID-19.

The deadline for submission of applications is now August 31, 2020.

The council’s executive director Dr Christine Hendricks told JIS News that the decision to extend the application period was taken to ensure that qualified individuals can access this one-off temporary grant.

She is, therefore, encouraging parents and caregivers that once they have someone with a disability who is registered, they should urge them to apply or apply on their behalf.

Hendricks pointed out that this grant is available to persons with disabilities who are unemployed or not formally employed. 

Individuals who have already benefited under the CARE Programme should not apply.

Application is now open online at www.wecare.gov.jm.

Persons may also visit the disabilities council, all the parish offices of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Jamaica Society for the Blind, Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Jamaica Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, and the Combined Disabilities Association.        

To apply, persons will be required to provide their name, address, a valid Tax Registration Number (TRN), and banking information.

For further information, persons may contact the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities at 876-968-8373/968-0623/618-1133; WhatsApp: (876-807-0383); Website: www.jcpdja.com or visit 18 Ripon Road in Kingston.

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