Dr. Christine Hendricks, Executive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities
By Racquel Porter
Nine months after the Disabilities Act and its regulations came in effect, the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) says some schools are still refusing to accept students with disabilities.
The council's executive director, Dr. Christine Hendricks, stressed that by law, all schools must be accessible to students with disabilities.
Speaking with Radio Jamaica News on Sunday, Dr. Hendricks pointed out that educators have a duty to see to it that no child is left behind.
"You have a responsibility to ensure that you put things in place to make sure that children with disabilities get an education, because if they don’t then society will have to be taking care of them for the rest of their lives, and that’s not what we want," she insisted.
Dr. Hendricks said persons with disabilities need to have independence so they are "able to achieve and get to their maximum potential, just like everybody else".