Wilson: empower people with disabilities
Bermuda has to do more to improve accessibility for disabled people, the health minister has said.
Kim Wilson said technology had made improvements to the lives of disabled people, but accessibility remained a problem.
She said: “Over the years, advancements in technology have made a significant impact on persons with disabilities, particularly by way of universal design, by making products and services that could be used by every and anyone living with or without a disability.
“But there is still so much more we can do. I urge everyone to help us to build an inclusive, accessible and sustainable community.”
Ms Wilson was speaking on Tuesday as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was marked at an event at the Bermuda Society of the Arts in Hamilton’s City Hall.
The event, organised by the Disability Advisory Council and the Ministry of Health, also marked the courage of disabled Bermudians who had overcome barriers.
Ms Wilson said that it was estimated 15 per cent of the world’s population, more than 3,000 in Bermuda alone, had some kind of disability.
She said: “Persons with disabilities frequently encounter a myriad of challenges and are often subjected to stigma and discrimination.
“This is largely due to a lack of understanding and acceptance from the community as a whole.
“Collectively, we must empower persons with disabilities to become agents of change, as their involvement can help create opportunities for everyone.”
Ms Wilson also highlighted a new booklet, A Guide to Benefits Available to Persons with Disabilities in Bermuda, which includes advice on how to apply for benefits.
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