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JCPD CALLS FOR BARRIER-FREE ENVIRONMENT

Posted by SR (riley) on Dec 08 2016 at 12:22 AM
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The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is calling for a more barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities (PWDs). Executive Director, JCPD, Mrs. Christine Hendricks, said that while various entities have been making an effort to make their physical spaces more accessible to PWDs, more needs to be done to ensure that information is also accessible to that group.  “A barrier-free society is not just the physical environment.  We also want the information and the communication from different companies to be barrier-free so PWDs can understand and communicate with service providers,” she said.

Mrs. Hendricks added that doing so will benefit the entire society as PWDs will be able to participate and contribute to the country. Mrs. Hendricks was speaking ahead of Disabilities Awareness Week, which is being  observed from December 4 to December 9 under the theme ‘Inclusive Information Communication Technologies: The Way to the Future’.Mrs. Hendricks said the week, which is observed annually, is a time to “highlight the work and the worth of persons with disabilities and seek to push the inclusive agenda”.

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