Don’t dictate to us.
That’s the message from the Barbados Council for the Disabled to government and all other decision-makers in society as that organisation ends the year with an appeal for more efforts at inclusiveness to accommodate in the mainstream of life on this island.
Delivering brief remarks at the BCD’s annual dinner and awards ceremony, President, Maria Holder-Small said “we have seen strides made towards a more inclusive society which embraces people with disabilities, but sadly not enough or in many cases nothing has been done to address critical areas that continue to impede the inclusion and independence of persons with disabilities”.
Addressing a packed ballroom at Mahogany Ridge, she said there is still a lot more to be done, and “we must not let persons dictate and tell us what we are able to do but rather show them what we can do”.
“Persons with disabilities are important and should be treated in the same manner you would like to be treated,” she added.
This year the Council recognised its outstanding members for their work, and honoured organisations and individuals for sterling contributions in meeting various needs of the disabled on the island.
In thanking the contributors for their efforts at enabling Council members, Holder-Small said that despite the good work, “an inclusive Barbados seems at times to elude us”.
The BCD president made clear that all of Barbados will hear a lot more from members of this organisation in their quest for more inclusiveness in society as they, “continue to advocate as much as we can on behalf of persons with disabilities and will seek to foster new partnerships which will assist the Council in reaching new heights to break down even more barriers”.