The more than 10,000 disabled persons in The Bahamas are now becoming a major priority of The Bahamas government. Yesterday, the revolutionary Disabilities Bill was passed in the House of Assembly. The passing of the Persons with Disabilities -Equal Opportunities Bill has now set a monumental precedence in the country for a much needed support system for disabled persons. Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin successfully led the charge for the legislation and commented that, ” the work will just begin”
This important piece of legislation is set to influence everything from equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities, to eliminating discrimination on the basis of disabilities, to providing rights, rehabilitation and habilitation of persons with disabilities and establishing a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities that will ensure that key components of the legislation are met.
“The passage of this Bill is indeed a dream come true for persons with disabilities, their parents, families, friends, caregivers and advocates because finally the light at the end of the tunnel does not seem far,” Mrs. Griffin said. Fines under the disability legislation cover issues like credit, insurance, concealment, adjustment orders and false information. This is truly a enormous step in the right direction for The Bahamas as members of a global economy. Hopefully, this progress continues and the entire country consciously buys into the evolution of our society and supports the efforts to empower persons with disabilities. For more on this story click here.