Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis: The government of St Kitts and Nevis has conducted session for the disabled persons at the CUNA Conference Room on Friday, 24th November 2023.
This session was conducted with the motive to interact with disabled persons and the representatives of organizations that work with disabled persons.
More than 50 people attended the session. Few names of the attendees of the session includes:
- Dr Terrance Drew, the Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis
- Samal Duggins, the Minister of Agriculture
- Minister of State, Isalean Phillip.
PM Drew not only showed the gratitude to the participants of the session but also promised to take such measures which will play a huge role in enhancing the living conditions of disabled person.
PM Drew added that this year, they took a huge step for the deaf or for the people who are hard of hearing by introducing the sign language interpreter, who can translate the stated words in Parliament or in any address of the PM to the deaf people in a sign language.
He also added that they will try to continue to do all this so that they can tackle all the barriers that people living in society face.
PM Drew shed light on removing the barriers; he said through this process, there is a chance of people becoming empowered and independent.
A programme officer at the disability services unit, Travia Douglas, also shared her views through a presentation. The title of the presentation, which was shown by Travia Douglas, was “The Sustainable Development Goals and Persons with Disabilities”.
This presentation revolved around the theme of “No One Left Behind. ”
The presentation of Travia Douglas shed light on various important factors in order to create sustainable development by enhancing housing options for the disabled, increasing employment opportunities and improving access to healthcare services.
Moreover, Devrone Connor, the wheelchair user, expressed his gratitude for being a part of this event and said that he is looking for vast opportunities.
Letitia Murray also praised the government’s great initiative to establish the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Ageing and Disabilities, which throws light on the challenges faced by the disabled.
Isalean Phillip, the Minister of State, also thanked various private sponsors who continued their partnership with the department.