THE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS of the disabled have to be given national attention to avoid “house-boundness”, says vice-president of the Barbados Council For The Disabled, Dorien Pile. “A simple thing like transport can change attitudes . . . . This has to be given national governmental central attention; but until this is so, it has to be our responsibility,” she added. Speaking at the presentation of a disabled-friendly vehicle at the headquarters of the Barbados Council For The Disabled at Harambee House, The Garrison, St Michael, earlier this week, she acknowledged that while Government provided five buses for disabled transport, it was impossible for it to service a disabled population of more than 14 000.
The bus was donated by the Maria Holder Memorial Trust, whose chairman Christopher Holder said the trust had been set up in the name of his late mother who lived and contributed to Barbados.
Holder said the trust had helped about 50 charities in Barbados. (CA)