More than 1,000 persons with disabilities have been added to the registry of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) since March 2020, an influx caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hundreds of people who reached out to the council for assistance were never registered, and this registration helps to make planning for and mobilising PWDs more efficient.
Of the 1,076 new registrants, 584 are males and 492 are females, bringing the total number of people on the registry to 35,829.
JCPD Executive Director Dr Christine Hendricks has described 2020 as a challenging year all around, more so for persons with disabilities (PWDs), as a number of needs were highlighted, with the major ones being challenges accessing food, electronic devices, and data.
Now in 2021, she shared that the need for food and devices remains even though they received more than 600 tablets from the Digicel Foundation and were assisted with food packages by Food For the Poor and various partners.