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Extra bus for the disabled

Police put on extra security around the House of Assembly as MPs go back to work since November 25. (Photograph David Skinner)

Persons with disabilities are soon to have access to an extra bus, giving the K Margaret Carter Centre two wheelchair accessible vehicles covering the eastern and western sections of the island.

Parliament yesterday heard that the initiative was in “the infancy stages of its development”, but that the facility was seeking to identify “at least one day per week” when seniors and the disabled could be collected for tasks such as grocery shopping or collecting prescriptions. An accessibility officer from Ageing and Disability Services is working with Ian Hind, the city engineer for the Corporation of Hamilton, to assist with sidewalks and ramps.

The centre, formerly known as the Opportunity Workshop, has contacted businesses in a bid to encourage employment for the disabled, according to health minister Jeanne Atherden — either in workshops or by offering work experience.