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Dec 1, 2021

Disabilities Conference Featured Noted Caribbean Disabilities Expert

As a part of the calendar of activities to commemorate National Disability Week, the very first National Disability Conference was held on Tuesday. Keynote speaker at the opening ceremony was Dr. Floyd Morris. Now the Director of Disability Studies at the University of the West Indies, Dr. Morris lost his sight in 1989. He has since completed several university degrees including a PHD at UWI.  Dr. Morris was President of Jamaica’s Senate in 2013. He is also a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Life Time Awards in Disability Reform.  He spoke about regional efforts to include the disabled in all aspects of Caribbean life.

 

Dr. Floyd Morris

Dr. Floyd Morris, Director, Disability Studies UWI

“The struggles of persons with disabilities in Jamaica are the struggles of persons with disabilities sin Belize. The challenges for persons with disabilities in Jamaica are the challenges of persons with disabilities in Belize. The difficulties of persons faced with disabilities in Barbados are the same difficulties persons with disabilities face in Belize. And so, we have to join hands and hear together to give support to each other to make sure that the work of persons with disabilities are realized and that we as a community are included in the village. So, as I examined your theme, powered by inclusion, am I in your village? I realized that what the theme is saying is that activities of development take place in the village. It takes place in the towns. It takes place in the cities. And, in order for persons with disabilities to be empowered they must be included in these activities taking place in the village. So, it is absolutely quintessential that in issues of education, in issues of employment, in issues of housing, in issues of transportation, in issues of social security, persons with disabilities must be included in these activities in the village.”


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