Do more for the blind

She was speaking at the installion of the executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Blind Welfare Association the Office of the President, St Ann’s.

“Our society needs to ensure and sustain the personal independence of each and every visually impaired person. The right to appropriate access to public buildings, the right to live independently and the right to genuine opportunity are social fundamentals that must not be ignored and must not be taken for granted.

Many able bodied persons in our society do not recognise that these are basic human rights issues that must never be the subject of compromise,” she said.

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Carmona said there were many examples of marginalisation suffered by the visually impaired in this country including the blocking of guide dogs for the blind as well as the lack of bells at most of the traffic lights.

She said she was “at pains” to indicate at the United Nations Regional Workshop on the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD last month that society was simply not doing enough.

Source: Newsday http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,244959.html

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