Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD)
Jamaica, an inclusive society where persons with disabilities are empowered through effective legislative framework, universal access and evidence based planning.
JCPD is the agency that promotes the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in accordance with National policies, plans and programmes, within the legislative framework. It facilitates the educational, economic and social development of persons with disabilities in Jamaica in a collaborative and participatory atmosphere, through training, public education and the provision of other relevant services.
The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities provides a variety of services to protect the rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and promote their independence and inclusion in every aspect of national life.
Identifies persons with disabilities and maintains a Confidential Register of PWDs in Jamaica. Registration helps to make planning for and mobilizing PWDs more efficient
Provides a Certificate of Registration. This certificate can be used to prove that someone is registered as a person with a disability and can access certain benefits. Persons with disabilities can also access concessionary bus fares in the Kingston Metropolitan Area and St. Catherine with this certificate
Assessment and Training
Provides each client with assessment and independent living skills through the Assessment & Guidance Centre.
Champions the rights of PWDs as advisors to both Government and private sector as well as the disabilities sector partners about issues on disabilities
Monitors the Implementation of the Act by:
Conducting Accessibility Audits including inspection of Buildings to ensure the environment is barrier free
investigation of complaints about discrimination against PWDs
providing Legal Assistance to PWDs for matters of discrimination
Public Education & Awareness
Creates awareness for and educates the society on matters of disability especially in relation to the Disabilities Act and the national development goal of accessibility and inclusion for all PWDs
Ensures that the Disabilities Act, the National Policy for Persons with Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) are publicized and understood by both PWDs and the public
Access to Financial Support & Employment
Assists with finding employment for persons with disabilities through our Job Placement Officer
Provides Rehabilitation Grants for income generating projects
Assistance to ensure full educational opportunities including school fee assistance, books, etc.
Provisions of scholarships to students with disabilities for tertiary level education through the annual Margaret Moody Scholarship programme
Assists with the process of Income Tax Exemption under the Income Tax Act, for persons with disabilities
Facilitates persons with disabilities who meet the required criteria to access the five percent (5%) allocation of housing solutions from the National Housing Trust
Research and Referral
Conducts Research and makes available to stakeholders and the public
Refers clients to relevant programmes and agencies that provide support services for PWDsSee more