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Dec 3, 2014

Disability Week Launched

The first week of December every year is celebrated annually as Disability Week…including December third that is designated as International Day for People with Disabilities. The week of activities promotes awareness on the work that has been ongoing in Belize by partner agencies in addressing challenges facing persons living with various disabilities. Today at the Memorial Park in Belize City, the students of Stella Maris School and high schools in the city, as well as persons living with disabilities and their supporters gathered for a rally. It featured performances from various artists and a speech from president of the Belize Assembly of Persons with Diverse Abilities, Marshall Nunez. He spoke to News Five about the events for the rest of the week and the success of the rally.


Marshall Nunez, President, Belize Assembly of Persons with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA)

Marshall Nunez

“Today, we have this rally and it is going to culminate with a parade; there will be a short parade from here ending at the battlefield park. Tomorrow it is the signed spelling bee contest that is sponsored by Bowen—I think it is the eighteenth year that they are doing that. Tomorrow also, BAPDA, NARCIE and Stella Maris will be doing school visits. Tomorrow they will be visiting with some primary schools…I think All Saints Primary School and Trinity Methodist School. I think they are going to speak with some two hundred eighty-odd students. On Friday, it is the regional Special Olympics meet in Belmopan and today you know that the torch run for Special Olympics got started on Tuesday in Corozal and it is going to culminate on Friday in Belmopan at the meet. As well on Friday, BAPDA as well as Stella Maris and NARCIE will be doing school visits with high schools; they will be visiting with Edward P. Yorke, Nazarene High School and I think Maud Williams High School. Saturday, the Inspiration Center and the Special Envoy should be hosting a concert at the Bliss Center for the performing arts.

This may be the biggest celebration of people with disability in the country of Belize so this may be that the awareness is catching on. At BAPDA, we are an N.G.O.; we operate on a budget. Next year our proposed budget is for seventy-five thousand dollars. We don’t have any source of revenue so we have to go out and reach out and appeal to people to make donation to contribute. And that include not only the administration and the running of the office, but it includes job employment training for youths with disabilities and those with diverse abilities. So there is a lot of work to be done, but it cannot be done if the resources are not available for us to continue doing the work.”


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