In fact, she considers the government’s act “worthy.” Beckles, who attended the ceremony for the opening of the centre as well as for the announcement of the country’s ratification of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) on Tuesday at Carlsen Field, Chaguanas, added, in relation to the ratification of the convention, that she expects the Government to put the relevant legislative framework in place for the proper implementation of the principles entailed in the convention.
Blind Welfare Association (San Fernando) president, Deonarine Ragoo, joined Beckles in praising of these ventures. Beckles expressed her enthusiasm saying, “There is no doubt that there is a need for the centre. The services that it’s proving – therapeutic and rehabilitative, it’s definitely needed in our society.”
“We welcome the fact for expanded services for persons with disabilities, because particularly, when you talk about therapeutic and rehabilitative, if you have the money, you can go and pay for those. But the average individual is unable to do so. And so government establishing such an institution or opportunity is very worthy,” he said.
Regarding the ratification of the UN Convention, she said, “I would not expect anything less.
The responsibility is really now on government to put the legislative framework in place and to ensure that we have an inclusive society, so that I’d only want to think positive in that respect.”