Jamaica To Have National Disability Act Soon
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 26, 2003
KINGSTON, JAMAICA--Prime Minister P. J. Patterson announced Wednesday that a National Disability Act will soon be introduced in Jamaica's Parliament. The law will give added strength and legislative support to the current National Policy for Persons with Disabilities.
Patterson said that all of his ministries are working to make sure they "foster self-determination and very importantly, practise inclusion rather than marginalisation with respect to persons with disabilities".
"We live in an age where persons with disabilities are actively asserting their right to be provided with the facilities to allow them to develop their abilities and display their self-reliance," Patterson said. "Disabled persons are seeking opportunities, not charity."
"The vision of development cannot be accomplished if we fail to provide the opportunities for social, economic, political and cultural advancement of the eight per cent of our population affected by disabilities," he added. "All of our efforts in this regard must be supported by attitudinal changes in the society at large, which is an essential part of building a more progressive, tolerant and enlightened society."
"National Disability Act for Parliament" (Jamaica Observer)