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YOUR FACTS ON THE ACT!

Why do we need it?

To make sure that people who have a disability are treated fairly and equally.

  •  Every citizen must obey the conditions of the Act.
  •  It also aims to secure the full and effective participation and inclusion of PWDs, in the society.
  •  The passing of this legislation is in keeping with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of PWDs (CRPD) which Jamaica has signed and agreed to.
The main objectives of the Disabilities Act are to:
  •  Encourage all Jamaicans to recognise and accept the principle that PWDs have the same fundamental rights as any other person
  •  Promote individual dignity, freedom of choice and independence, of PWDs
  •  Make sure that PWDs are able to take part effectively and are included on an equal basis with others in all aspects of national life
  •  Prevent or prohibit discrimination against PWDs
  •  Promote acceptance of PWDs and respect for their differences as human beings.
The following key areas are highlighted in the Disabilities Act 2014:
  •  The Provision of a Disability Certificate
  •  The Right to Education & Training
  •  The Right to Employment
  •  The Right to Adequate Healthcare and Accessible Facilities
  •  The Right to Housing and to enter Premises
  •  The Work of the New Jamaica Council for PWDs

and the Disability Tribunal

  •  The Right to Access Public Passenger Vehicles
  • The Right to Participate in Public Office and Political Life


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