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While the Solomon Webster Disabilities Bill is welcomed, some of those impacted by its provisions say legislation is only one step.  A change in attitude is also needed in order to make the hope a reality.
“We are all human and we should treat each other all the same,” says Justin Wright.
But for many like Mr Wright, who is wheelchair bound, being treated equally isn’t always the reality especially when it comes to getting around.

“There are not a lot of places here that are wheelchair accessible and there are not a lot of things you might want to do or wish and they are out there but you can’t do it,” he says.

Sunrise Adult Training Centre acting Director Kimberly Voaden has a wider hope for Cayman, one “where Caymanians and residents of all ways of life, all abilities will be able to access all government services and facilities with ease.”
With the enactment of the Solomon Webster Disabilities bill Mr Wright hopes this, as well as, other impediments those with disabilities face will change.
“We as people with disabilities get a say in what should go right for us and how people should treat us in a certain manner,” he adds.

They both agree equality will empower the disabled to explore their full potential and be active participants in society. The Disabilities bill was enacted this week.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 16 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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