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Persons with Disabilities discuss range of topics at Town Hall Meeting

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Equal opportunities, disability and disaster preparedness, registration of persons with disabilities and an Access Ability Bahamas App were among the topics discussed at a Hybrid Town Hall Meeting hosted by the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at the Hearing Room of The Ministry Of Social Services & Urban Development. Participants in the two hour event included Townsley Roberts, Deputy Executive Secretary, NCPD; Lisa Bowleg, NEMA Training Coordinator; and Andrea Newbold, Shelter Management and Selection, Department of Social Services. Among those in attendance were the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development; Joel Lewis, Permanent Secretary, Desiree Clarke, Executive Secretary, NCP...

Minister of State LaRoda makes assessment of impacts of Hurricane Fiona on Mayaguana

NASSAU, Bahamas — Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response, the Hon. Myles K. LaRoda, along with a contingent  of Government Ministers, Senior Government Officials, Disaster Managers and Planners, Damage Assessment personnel, and personnel from the Ministry of Works, Bahamas Power and Light, the Department of Social Services and the Royal. Bahamas Defence Force, departed New Providence Wednesday morning for Mayaguana to conduct first-hand assessments of the impacts of Tropical Storm-Force winds associated with Hurricane Fiona on Mayaguana. State-Minister LaRoda was joined by Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources with responsibility for Local Government, the Hon. Clay Sweeting; Mr. Basil McIn...

Social Services holds One-Day Symposium on the Proposed Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill

NASSAU, The Bahamas — Officials of the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, hosted a one-day Symposium on the proposed Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, at SuperClubs, Breezes, September 15, 2022.  In attendance were representatives of the three branches of government — Executive, Legislative and Judicial, and also large number of clergy, civil society, and various community organizations. Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obadiah H. Wilchcombe was the moderator.  Presentations were given by former Magistrate Mrs. Cleopatra Christie of the Bahamas Crisis Centre; Bishop Delton Fernander, President of The Bahamas Christian Council, who spoke on the Biblical Perspective of Marriage; and Sena...

Wilchcombe applauds CTU Week for focus on Persons with Disabilities

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obadiah Wilchcombe, applauded organizers of the Caribbean Telecommunication Union ICT Week, 2022 for encouraging the participation of Persons with Disabilities through the hosting of two Workshops designed specifically for Persons with Disabilities. Hosted by the Government of The Bahamas, in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the Week concluded Friday (September 9) at Margaritaville Beach Resort, West Bay Street. The Workshops featured hands-on sessions for persons with disabilities who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, or with mobility challenges, to demonstrate in a tangible manner, the impact ICTs (Information Communication Technologies) can have on thei...

Technology allows for every person to have opportunity,’ Minister Wilchcombe points out

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Technology is the equalizer for all citizens of the world, and especially for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obadiah H. Wilchcombe, said Friday. Addressing the Morning Session of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union ICT Week’s Persons with Disabilities Workshop (held Friday, September 9), Minister Wilchcombe said the Davis Administration is going to define equality for Persons with Disabilities by the action it undertakes to promote equality, accessibility and inclusion. (The Workshop, which was divided into a Morning and Afternoon Session was also addressed by Mr. Wayde Watson, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs; Mr. Rodney Taylor, Secretary-General, CTU; Mr. Carlton Smith,...

Social Services Ministry – Mapping of resources for implementation of Gender-Based Violence Family Island Coordinated Council

The MOSSUD Department of Gender and Family Affairs in collaboration with Abaco Island Administrators and the Bahamas Crisis Center, July 20-22, 2022 conducted five community meetings in south, central and north Abaco for Abaco Government and non-Government  leaders and community advocates to discuss issues related to the safety of survivors of abuse, outreach to perpetrators of abuse to help them become productive citizens, and for the mapping of services and resources for the projected implementation of a Gender-Based Violence Family Island Coordinated Council.  It is anticipated that the council will create a multisectoral effective coordinated response for the prevention of violence in the communities, and help to strengthen the relevant institutions.

Huge turn out for launch of Social Services’ Urban Development Summer Camp on Grand Bahama

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas — Over 150 excited children showed up Monday morning at  Pineridge Urban Renewal Center, for the orientation of the 2022 summer camp, which is expected to run for two weeks as of July 19, 2022. The turnout at the orientation in no way reflected the numbers that are expected to eventually turn out for the camp over the next few weeks. Organizers are convinced that once the camp got underway, even more kids would show up to be a part. Deputy Director of Urban Development, Senator Kirkland Russell, who was one of the speakers at the orientation, said that he didn’t want just another regular summer camp, but he wanted to provide a unique camp experience for the children. That uniqueness, he said, can be found in the structure of the summer camp. H...

Social Services to start Disability Registration Drive

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development will on Monday, July 18, begin island-wide registration of those with disabilities, said Brennamae Rolle-Cooper, chief welfare officer at the Department of Social Services in the Disability Affairs Unit, during a press conference on Friday, July 15. “This exercise of the registration drive, which will be island-wide, would allow for an updated data base of persons in Grand Bahama living with a disability to be recorded. Moreover, it would specify the assistances and possible legislations that are needed to further impact in a positive light, individuals living with disability.” The drive, being held in conjunction with the National Commission for Persons Living with Disabilities, will begin on Monda...

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