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THE MAJOR GROUP in Barbados representing the disabled is feeling decidedly left behind.

This, said president of the Barbados Council for the Disabled, Maria Holder-Small, despite the island’s signing on to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its ratification of the Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities. The agenda pledges that “no one will be left behind”.

Holder-Small said yesterday: “Over the past four years I have been making endless pleas, and so have many of my predecessors, for society to pay attention to the continued exclusion of persons with disabilities. We have seen some successes, but more often than not our inclusion has often been seen as an afterthought.

“Our community is indeed saddened when policy-makers continue to make the same mistakes by not creating that inclusion and equality for persons with disabilities. It is even sadder when a building earmarked for the National Disabilities Unit could be simply given to another department, which leaves the present unit still located up two flights of stairs, totally inaccessible to persons with disabilities,” she lamented. (CA)

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