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THE DISABILITIES ACT 2014
Why do we need it?
To make sure that people who have a disability are treated fairly and equally.
Every citizen must obey the conditions of the Act.
It also aims to secure the full and effective participation and inclusion of PWDs, in the society.
The passing of this legislation is in keeping with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of PWDs (CRPD) which Jamaica has signed and agreed to.
The main objectives of the Disabilities Act are to:
Encourage all Jamaicans to recognise and accept the principle that PWDs have the same fundamental rights as any other person
Promote individual dignity, freedom of choice and independence, of PWDs
Make sure that PWDs are able to take part effectively and are included on an equal basis with others in all aspects of national life
Prevent or prohibit discrimination against PWDs
Promote acceptance of PWDs and respect for their differences as human beings.
The following key areas are highlighted in the Disabilities Act 2014:
The Provision of a Disability Certificate
The Right to Education & Training
The Right to Employment
The Right to Adequate Healthcare and Accessible Facilities
The Right to Housing and to enter Premises
and the Disability Tribunal
The Work of the New Jamaica Council for PWDs
The Right to Access Public Passenger Vehicles
The Right to Participate in Public Office and Political Life
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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The purpose of the present Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.
Protecting the Rights of Pwds
How the Tribunal Works
This is the body that has been put in place to settle claims of discrimination. A judge, who is the Chairman of the Tribunal, will hear these
claims and decide the case either for the PwD (the aggrieved), or the person who the claim is being brought against (the respondent). The decision by the judge will be based on the rights of both parties as stated in the Act. The role of The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities Under the Act. The Council has several important roles in championing the rights of PwDs.