By Aaron Humes: The tasks that prove easy for able-bodied persons – going to the grocery store, hospital, or even church – prove substantially more difficult for physically disabled persons, including those who are visually impaired.
The Disability Desk of the Ministry of Human Development, Families, and Indigenous People’s Affairs today received a fully equipped wheelchair-accessible bus donated by Customer HD, a newly established business process outsourcing organization on Coney Drive.
Coordinator Marshall Nunez, who is visually impaired, explained that the bus will primarily be used in times of emergency to transport disabled persons to shelters. However, with the permission of the Belize City Council, it is hoped that a regular bus route will be established at least once a week to get disabled individuals around town on errands.
The co-owner of Customer HD, Jonathan Keen, told us he is inspired not only by Nunez and Joseph Flores, a disabled carpenter who built furniture for the company’s office but also by his partner Joe Schmidt who is disabled, and his mother, a retired special education teacher. He said he was pleased to help meet a critical goal of the Disability Desk to give disabled Belizeans an option to help them get around.
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