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Disability rights watch dog in the works

The new Disabilities (Solomon Webster) Bill was one of 30 finding their way to the table of the Legislative Assembly.  Councillor Roy McTaggart contends this law will have the teeth to make sure no disabled person will have their rights trampled on again.

Under the law, a council will be set up to act as a watch dog of those rights. “To oversee and safeguard those rights and abilities and freedoms that every one of us enjoy. I too remember a time when people with disabilities were kept in their homes and away from the eyes of the public. But Cayman has come a long way now and we as a community have embraced people with disabilities and they are assimilating themselves into our society and are very visible,” said Councillor Roy McTaggart.

Mr. McTaggart was speaking on Thursday night’s The Panel. Also under the law, a registry of disabled persons will be set up, similar to the cancer registry. It will be confidential but not mandatory.

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Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman is a Caribbean journalist with more than 15 years in the industry. Her roots steeped in print journalism, she made the transition to television in 2007. A reporter and talk show host in the Cayman Islands, she has focused on political and social issues affecting the community. She took the helm of the news product at Hurley's Media Ltd. as News Director in November, 2015. Ms Sulliman was raised in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated with honours in French Linguistics and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a proud mother and privileged to call the Cayman Islands home.

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