Disability community to finalise proposals to government

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The executive of the Antigua and Barbuda Association of Persons with Disabilities will be meeting this week to prepare a proposal for the government on issues affecting its members.
The president of the body, Bernard Warner, said,  the meeting which is scheduled for Thursday, will also outline the expectations of the government within its new term.
“We are going to be discussing the Equal Opportunity and Disability Bill to look at the implementation phase which is to set up  the national accounts for persons with disabilities and the various arms within the Act that need to be put in place to ensure it truly represents the interest of persons with disabilities,” Warner said.
He highlighted housing as a priority issue for persons with disabilities since many are living in deplorable conditions.
According to him, the meeting will also discuss the need for employment and training of disabled people.
“The whole idea of the National and Vocational Centre for persons with disabilities has not been duly supported so that persons with disabilities can have the tools so they can seek better employment. So, these are some of the things that I had proposed that need to be priority,” he said.
Warner also noted that many disabled people in Antigua and Barbuda are still struggling with healthcare

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