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Include the disabled in all aspects of national development, says Kellier

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2013 | 4:42 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio

Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier has called for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of the development of the society.

He was speaking in the House of Representatives this afternoon in recognition of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Quoting figures from the United Nations, Kellier pointed out that more than one billion persons, or 15 per cent of the world population, live with some form of disability.

He said the Jamaica Council of Persons with Disabilities is currently engaged in a data collection programme aimed at capturing information about the disabled across the island.

He said more disabled Jamaicans will have access to benefits under the Programme for Advancement through Health and Education once data collection is completed.

Kellier has also urged every Jamaican to play a role in ensuring that persons with disabilities are cared for and included in social and other activities.

He said work is continuing on the National Disabilities bill with the aim of having the document tabled in Parliament before the end of the legislative year.

The Labour and Social Security Minister says it's important that Jamaica's disability agenda be broadened to include full empowerment, inclusion and participation of the disabled.


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