Government inches towards dealing with disability

| 12/11/2014

(CNS): The policy document outlining how government intends to improve the lives of people with disabilities was approved by Cabinet last month and officials said this week that recommendations for the 2015/16 budget have been submitted to ministries by an inter-ministerial task force responsible for finalising the plans for the policy’s implementation. A long time in coming the policy was developed by the Cayman Islands Disability Policy Steering Committee. A legal subcommittee also produced a report recommending legislation to advance the rights of persons with disabilities. The law, will include the creation of a council to act as a watchdog for implementation, officials said.

Implementation of the disability policy and associated legislation will set the foundation for the Cayman Islands Government to request via the United Kingdom that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities be extended to the Cayman Islands.

Commending the committee for their hard work over the year, Steering Committee Chair Robert Lewis described the various committee members as “dedicated and highly knowledgeable participants”. Thanking stakeholders from civil society, the private sector and government for their commitment and dedication he said it was about achieving the vision of the policy, which is “ensuring persons with disabilities live  with dignity, are respected and have the opportunity to participate fully in society.“

Stakeholders represented in the process were from Special Olympics Cayman Islands, Rotaract Blue, the Lighthouse School, Sunrise Centre, the Ministries of Education, Health, Community Affairs, the Attorney General’s Chambers, Department of Children and Family Services, Government Information Services, and parents’ groups.

A copy of the approved policy is now available online at www.gov.ky andwww.cabinetoffice.gov.ky and posted below

Category: Health

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  1. peter milburn says:

    This law has been waiting to be passed for umpteen years and it is a disgrace that we have not had this in place before now.Just shows you where our Govts interests are.Look how long it took to get our sidewalks wheelchair friendly and there are still many sidewalks that need to be redone for this very purpose.Get up off your duffs and get this LAW PUT IN PLACE  period!!!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    It's about time!! In fact, long overdue! Hope it's comprehensive enough to include mandatory requirements in planning regulations for certain facilities for physically-challenged persons  in guest accommodation buildings.