14 In Every 1,000 J’can Children Have An Intellectual Disability – IDB Study

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14 in every 1,000 children in Jamaica have been diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability, ID.

That’s according to a study conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB.

State Minister of Labour and Social Security, Zavia Mayne, notes recent intervention by the IDB for children with intellectual disabilities locally will go a long way in improving lives and reducing stigma.

He says the Disabilities Act will be in full force in short order.

He also says the passage of the Act in 2014 shows the government’s commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Zavia Mayne, State Minister of Labour and Social Security.

He says the regulations and codes of practice are crucial to give the legislation teeth.

Minister Mayne, in identifying the challenges facing persons with disabilities, says they’ll be extending the services of the early stimulation programme to six other parishes.

He says the Ministry is also working with the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, JCPD, to allow persons with disabilities to access grants and funding for micro and small businesses.



Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.


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