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INSIGHT: ‘Bahamas’ attitude on the rights of the disabled is deplorable and alarming’

JOB discrimination and limited employment opportunities for Bahamians with disabilities have facilitated in many ways my ability to reflect on the current status of young adults with disabilities who have attained degrees from higher educational institutions. I too reflect on their need for vocational rehabilitation services and the many challenges they face seeking employment.

‘Help eliminate disability discrimination’

EXECUTIVES of The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities are urging the public to help eliminate discrimination on the basis of disabilities.

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Ministry launches push for inclusion of disabled people in recruitment

PRESHELL Ramsey-Miller, a completely blind woman, says despite her disability she is eager to show the country her skills through the Ministry of Public Service’s disability inclusion efforts.

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FACE TO FACE: And the award goes to . . me!

DECEMBER got off to an amazing start for me. I had an unexpected surprise that has really inspired me to press on with my personal mission of “Getting Good News in the News”. I was chosen as the “Media Advocate of the Year” and received an Icon Award during celebrations for Disability Awareness Week.

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Chinese Embassy donates tablets for persons with disabilities

THE Chinese Embassy donated more than 10 tablets to the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development for persons with disabilities yesterday.

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Camp offers ‘a unique opportunity’

THE Bahamas Coalition for Disability Awareness and Services’ Camp Inclusion ’22 is underway at the Anatol Rodgers High School - providing a unique opportunity for disabled and not so disabled persons to come together.

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Five hours of waiting for food coupons

SENIOR citizens and disabled persons in Grand Bahama lined up outside the Department of Social Services on Tuesday for several hours waiting to collect their monthly food coupons.

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US criticises Bahamas on citizenship measures

THE United States said the Bahamas government has not effectively implemented laws to provide long-term residents the chance to get Bahamian citizenship “in a timely manner and on a non-discriminatory basis.”

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Govt ‘working to reduce backlog on citizenship’

PRESS secretary Clint Watson said while the government refuses to respond to criticism from the United States, it is working to reduce the backlog of people seeking a response to their citizenship applications.

Child labour policy conventions signed

THE government yesterday signed two conventions concerning progress for persons with disabilities and gender-based violence and also launched one phase of the National Child Labour Policy.

Workshop helps protect rights

A WORKSHOP designed to help protect the rights of Bahamian children and persons with disabilities was recently held. The event brought together United Nations officials and government agencies which make up the National Reporting Cooperation Mechanism.

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ALIV Connect aims to assist the disabled community

ALIV presented an initiative yesterday to bring greater assistance to the disabled community called ALIV Connect.

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Disabled crane operators lose Weather Dept tornado claims

Three former Freeport Container Port operators have lost their bid to claim damages from the Government over disabilities and “extensive psychological trauma” resulting from the March 2010 tornado that devastated the firm’s operation.

EDITORIAL: Health system problems not dealt with in decades

THE problem with kicking the can down the road is that a day will come when there’s no more road.

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‘Abusers should compensate victims’

SOCIAL Services Minister Obie Wilchcombe wants laws changed so people convicted of abuse must financially compensate their victims.

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Man accused of assault with rock

A MAN with a hearing disability was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday with assaulting a man with a rock and damaging his car.

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Miller-Uibo joins Special Olympians at reception

THE Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development’s National Commission for Persons with Disabilities hosted a reception for Special Olympics athletes and medalists.

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FACE TO FACE: Blindness is no barrier to Ervens when it comes to helping family

HE became the head of his household at an early age. The death of his parents not only placed some big responsibility in his hands, it left a void in his heart and the hearts of his siblings.

Beach Access in Cable Beach

My sister and her husband are currently visiting from England. She is partly disabled and is unable to walk long distances. Since due to the pandemic they have been unable to visit for some years I thought it would be nice to drive them to a local beach.

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Pioneering community leader honoured after her death

The late Robertha Johnson made history when she became the first female President of the Bahamas Alliance for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BABVI) last year. After taking up the post in April of 2021, she made a difference in the organisation, injecting her passion into various projects, always with a view of seeing more inclusion for people with disabilities and opportunities for their employment and advancement.