Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steven Blackett (centre); and his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Blackett, joined the congregation of Abundant Life Assembly, to mark the Month of the Disabled. Here, the pair greet Kristen Walcott during the ceremony.
The Minister of Social Care is appealing to organisations and businesses to improve accessibility to their properties, and to provide training and employment opportunities to persons with disabilities.
Minister Steven Blackett made this call while addressing a church service to mark the ‘Month of the Disabled’, held at Abundant Life Assembly, yesterday.
He indicated that his Ministry, through the National Disabilities Unit, has been progressively fulfilling its mandate to offer programmes that enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities.
He highlighted that during the past five years, 619 persons received wheelchairs, 784 persons received assistive devices and 303 have had ramps constructed at their residence.
“The accessibility and assistive device loan programmes have increased the independence and comfort of persons with disabilities, and certainly allowed fam...