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The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation supports Regional Disability Studies Conference

The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation | 2016-04-08 00:00:00

On March 16-17, 2016 the University of the West Indies Centre for Disability Studies (UWICDS), as part of its mission to “transform and empower disabled individuals throughout the Caribbean through the use of applied research, education and training and public advocacy”, staged a regional conference under the theme “Transformation of the Lives of Persons with Disabilities through Modern Technologies: Myth or Reality?”.

Some 500 key stakeholders from the Caribbean region participated, and were made aware of the various initiatives and technologies accessible to people with disabilities (PWDs). People with physical disabilities and representatives of those with intellectual disabilities, were well accommodated as were delegates of organizations that offer support to this sector of the population.

Presentations were highly engaging and informative and were delivered by persons from the UWI, persons living with disabilities, and representatives from organizations such as the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre (Mona Rehab), the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Justice, the Jamaica Library Service and The Mico University College, among others.

As part of its commitment to the significant, but often neglected disabled community in Jamaica; The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF) again offered support to the UWICDS, this time by purchasing all conference stationery and badges. The SJF has, in the past, given assistance to Genesis Academy, Promise Learning Centre, the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, the Salvation Army School for the Blind, and more recently, they have supported the STEP Centre through the purchase of Christmas cards and bilingual story books.

SJF Project Manager, Ms Vanessa Meggoe, who was in attendance, noted that “It was truly enlightening to see the technological innovations now available, and the measures being implemented by governments to facilitate greater independence and integration of persons with disabilities. These improvements will enable more significant contributions to the region on a whole.”

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