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Dec 5, 2019

The Annual Disability Awareness Parade

Today, a Disability Awareness parade was organized by the Stella Maris School under the theme, “the Future is Accessible.” As we found out, the purpose of the initiative is to break the stigma against differently abled persons, who in recent times, have been seen to function normally in the workplace and at schools. The parade went through the principal streets of Belize City as the children held posters; other educational institutions join in the awareness initiative.  The inclusion and acceptance of special needs persons in everyday activities is the goal of these initiatives.


Felicia Garbutt

Felicia Garbutt, Teacher, Stella Maris School

“We had a short ceremony over at the Memorial Park; we had entertainment by Boss Lady. As you can see we have several schools participating in the parade. The parade is led by Stella Maris School, the school that caters for students with diverse abilities, followed by our school band and then we have schools such as ACC, Wesley High, Holy Redeemer; we have Sadie Vernon and their marching band out here with us. And that’s what the parade is about.  Showcase awareness that regardless of the individual living with a disability, they should be accepted within the general public, within any workforce, any establishment. That is what this week we are showcasing as you can note in the team, the future is accessible.”

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