DisAbility Issues

’DisAbility Issues’ Archive

RATED Closing Ceremony

Posted on: May 5th, 2015 by Melissa Johnson No Comments

April 23 2015 was a day of reflection and pride for the DO Ltd. Team and the forty youth who successfully completed the Recognising Abilities Through Training and Employment Development (RATED) programme.

The participants completed training in Commercial Food Preparation, Housekeeping, Customer Service and Data Operations. Guest Speaker, the Honourable Reverend Ronald Thwaites, Minister of Education, encouraged the trainees to continue their pursuit of excellence.

Our CEO, Maureen Webber, reiterated the commitment of the DO Ltd team to support full inclusion of persons with disAbilities in the social and economic fabric of our society.

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A full write up of the event may be found here.

The R word supports Exclusion

Posted on: March 5th, 2015 by Melissa Johnson No Comments

Our CEO Maureen Webber shares with Special Olympics Caribbean how the use of the R word excludes persons with disabilities and their families.

Read about it here

Development Options to administer Survey of Persons with disAbilities

Posted on: January 20th, 2015 by Melissa Johnson No Comments

Over one thousand persons with disabilities are to participate in a socio-economic survey, the results of which will be used to support initiatives that will improve their lives and that of their families and communities.

The survey will be conducted by social development company, Development Options Ltd., (DO) under contract with the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, an agency of the Ministry of Labour & Social Security.

The first of its kind for Jamaica, the survey aims to provide a demographic profile of persons with disabilities and document their social and economic realities.

From the end of January to March 1, 2015, persons registered with the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities will be interviewed.

The survey will capture the realities of a cross section of the community of persons with disabilities, including those residing in institutions or private care facilities. Questions will address matters related to health, education, income and household expenditure. Caregivers and family members are urged to participate in the completion of the questionnaire as needed.


Development Options advises that interviewees are being contacted by telephone to schedule a suitable time for interviewers to visit their residences. All interviewers will have an identification card, which will be displayed when visiting. All information provided will be treated with strict confidence.

The socio-economic Survey for Persons with Disabilities is a project of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities. Development Options designs and manages development initiatives which support increased and improved socio-economic opportunities for persons with disabilities and other vulnerable communities.

Recognising Ability through Training and Employment Development – RATED

Posted on: January 6th, 2015 by Melissa Johnson No Comments

Recognising Ability through Training and Employment Development (RATED) is an integrated vocational training and employment services initiative supporting forty (40) young persons within Kingston and St Andrew with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Participants are attending classes at two training locations – Genesis Academy and Institute of Workforce Education and Development (IWED) and will complete their programme in April 2015, at which time they will complete HEART Trust/NTA level 1 certification in various unit competencies. Participants are currently being trained in General Food Preparation, Housekeeping, MerchandiSing, Food Preparation and Data Operations.



RATED consists of various elements, including:

Development Options designed and manages RATED, with the support of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

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