An organization that advocates on the behalf of children with disabilities in Dominica has said these types of children must be given more public attention.
Vice President of the Association of Parents Advocating for the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Society, Emile Lancelot, has said the organization is concerned about the plight of children with disabilities and is working to bring about improvement in their conditions.
Today, December 03, 2012 is being observed as International Day of Persons Living with Disabilities.
According to Lancelot children with disabilities in Dominica do not have enough access to public buildings and generally to the physical environment.
“During the past few years we have taken on a child find survey, to determine the number of children with disabilities and their geographical location. The organization has also provided some level of training for parents interested in caring for children with disabilities,” he said.
The organization is currently looking forward to the construction or a respite center in Portsmouth to accommodate over 30 children with severe disabilities.
It is hoped that work on the project will commence during the first half of 2013.