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Disabilities Bill to be tabled this year

Thursday, May 01, 2014    

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THE Disabilities Bill, which seeks to make provisions to safeguard and enhance the welfare of persons with disabilities across Jamaica, will be tabled in Parliament this year.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who made the announcement during her contribution to the 2014/15 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, said the Government was committed to ensuring that the rights and wellbeing of Jamaica's disabled community are protected and respected.

"There is a great deal that needs to be done to improve the quality of life and unlock the potential of these Jamaicans," she said.

The prime minister, in the meantime, congratulated the Combined Disabilities Association, which, she said, has paved the way for more persons with different types of disabilities to be fully integrated into their communities.

She, however, appealed to all Jamaicans to ensure that they do everything in their power to include persons with disabilities in community activities. "The approximately 400,000 persons with various types of disabilities are an important part of the Jamaican family. Their rights must be respected and dignity preserved," she said.

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