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MLSS PR Unit February 11, 2022

The Disabilities Act comes into effect February 14, 2022 – a Historic Feat – Minister Samuda

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Friday, February 11, 2022


Disabilities Act comes into effect February 14, 2022 – a Historic Feat – Minister Samuda




Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda is encouraging all Jamaicans to join in celebrating the historic milestone of The Disabilities Act (2014) coming into full effect on February 14, 2022.

The Disabilities Act was passed in Parliament in October 2014, and The Regulations were later affirmed in both Houses of Parliament in October 2021.

“This legislation promotes and protects the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities in all areas of development, these rights, which are enshrined in our constitution, are supported by standards of non-discrimination,” Minister Samuda stated.

Minister Samuda added that The Disabilities Act coming into effect, puts the Government one step closer to reducing discrimination against persons with disabilities and ensuring that their rights to education, employment, health, access to public passenger vehicles, housing and premises and to participate in political office and public life.

He explained, that Jamaica has signed and ratified the United Nations Conventions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and has adopted the concept of progressive realization. Minister Samuda said we are making steady progress in advancing the implementation of the Convention’s provisions to realise the rights of persons with disabilities.

He urged all Jamaicans today and always to show love and “Respect –Ability: Disability Rights Matter.” As citizens we should continue to work together as a nation to build more resilience, create inclusion and break down barriers so all Jamaicans may participate equally” he concluded.



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