In light of the recent passage of the Disabilities Act, the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is again urging persons with disabilities to become registered members of the Council.
Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, today (November 19), Executive Director for the JCPD, Christine Hendricks, said many persons with disabilities are afraid of being identified, but there are numerous benefits if they get registered.
“There are economic empowerment grants that persons can get to start income generating projects. Persons can also get assistance with assistive aids, devices that can help them to function better in society,” she informed.
Presently, individuals can get up to $150,000, while groups of persons with disabilities and others without disabilities can receive up to $400,000 for their projects.
Other benefits include therapy sessions, concessionary bus fares with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) and income tax exemptions in specific cases.