Do not to place limitations on children with disabilities, labour minister says

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson is calling on parents not to place limitations on children with disabilities, as those children can accomplish much with education and training.

Addressing a transitional ceremony for 48 students from the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) yesterday, held at the Apostolic Church of Jamaica Bethel Temple in Kingston, Robinson pointed out that many of these children have overcome the challenge and are doing well in various fields.

The minister emphasised that the obligation is on parents to access support such as that offered by her ministry to build the capacity of the children, so that they can become able adults and “contribute meaningfully” to society.

Robinson stressed that their education should not be jeopardised due to disabilities. “Let us stop putting limitations on the children, and be mindful that (they) are great imitators. We must ensure that we give them something good to imitate,” she said.

Meanwhile, State Minister in the Ministry, Zavia Mayne, said the teachers at the ESP are dedicated to the programme. He also encouraged parents to highlight the benefits that their children have received.

“Give the testimony, because there are others in your surroundings who may be in a similar position and might not know where to turn,” the state minister said.

Mayne said that help is available, as the ministry is committed to serve the special needs groups, and “no one will be turned away”.

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