In an extraordinary effort to create fairness and opportunity for person with disabilities, Minister of Social Services, Melanie Griffin tabled the Persons with Disabilities Opportunity Act inside of the House of Parliament yesterday. R.E.A.C.H. President Mario Carey commended Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin and said it could not have come at a more opportune time.
Two weeks ago, the overhang above the door of the donated R.E.A.C.H. office space had crumbled and this unfortunate situation forced the office to close. R.E.A.C.H.’s office provided education and support service for parents whose children have been diagnosed with autism. Carey was thankful that no one was there at the moment yet still regretful of the circumstances.
The tabling of the Disabilities Act would open doors for persons with disabilities across the board and organizations like R.E.A.C.H. would be provided with opportunities to better provide services to disabled persons living in The Bahamas. Carey hopes that they (The government) passes and enacts this legislation with a sense of the urgency it deserves and remarks that the day was an “exciting and historic day for the Bahamas”.
As for the R.E.A.C.H., the organization is currently looking for a new space. Carey hopes that the building will be donated and is always welcoming investors. Persons interested in donating to R.E.A.C.H. can visit the REACH Bahamas website, http://autismbahamas.com/donate/ or contact the office at (242) 328-4123.