Premier meets disability committee but no sign of law

| 05/02/2014

(CNS): It is now almost five years since Alden McLaughlin, who was at the time the education minister, first received a report from the legal subcommittee for persons with disabilities, which was tasked with reviewing existing and recommending new legislation to cover the needs of the physically and mentally disabled community. Since then, hopes for a comprehensive law have been dashed as there is still no timetable for a bill to come before legislators. However, the premier, as he is now, did return to meet with the current disability policy subcommittee last month to thank them for the work they have been doing.

Once it comes, the law will “support, promote and protect the interests of people with disabilities” officials said, but while the Progressive government has said it is committed to the legislation and McLaughlin is picking up where he left off, a date for comprehensive protections for the disabled remains elusive.

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  1. Disgusted! says:

    Just like the last government, if it isn't about making money it is on the back burner.  I don't expect this subject to get much attention as many of the disabled are not able to vote so there is no need to actually deal with the issue.

    • Anonymous says:

      For the past 4 years everytime I e-mail someone about this the person heading up the act has changed and are eager to table the discussion, they state that the draft has been submitted for review and revision..until they get a better job with the constant shuffling of civil servants and I am redirected to someone else so basically says the same thing. I wish an organization like the Blue Spot would do more than just rally for handicapped parking spaces. The law and accessability in the very least is needed! How do we get them to listen when it's not going to make the government money and about .5% of the population even care?!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Typically caymanian mentallity of not caring for the weakest in society.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is a "Christian" society, but one where the golden rule is "do unto others and you would have them do unto you, unless will this affect the profit margins of your business".