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Disability parade, Belize City

Posted: Wednesday, December 3, 2014. 2:14 pm CST.

Disability parade, Belize City

Disability parade, Belize City

Wednesday, December 3, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: There are more than 3,000 persons with disabilities – some call them “diverse abilities” – according to the conservative estimate by the Belize Association for Persons with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA), many from the same families.

Considering that there are some famous persons among their ranks, including media personality Marshall Nunez who is the current president, it would be a mistake to see these individuals as being somehow less than deserving of opportunities and a proper life.

Disability parade, Belize City

Disability parade, Belize City

That is because, especially in recent years, persons who have lost one of their senses or functions whether by accident of birth or living can make up for it with other enhanced senses or functions.

Modern technology is an important tool for disabled persons to keep up with the able-bodied population, and it forms part of the theme for Disabilities Awareness Week which kicked off on Sunday “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”.

Earlett Thomas

Earlett Thomas

At a rally in Belize City today, manager of the National Resource Center for Inclusive Education (NARCIE), Earlett Thomas, explained that in an increasingly technological world, disabled persons need that advantage.

Increasingly there are aids for visually and hearing impaired persons to communicate with the world, as well as developments in getting around for those unable to walk.

The rally led to a parade to Battlefield Park.

The week of activities continues on Thursday with the 19th annual Crystal Water Spelling Bee for the Hearing Impaired at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium in Belize City.

 

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