The Government of Jamaica is planning to give an opportunity to physically disabled persons in the country to learn valuable computer skills, so that they can reap best results by making use of it. This is being facilitated through the government’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Training for Persons with Disabilities Programme, which is currently being run by the National Youth Service (NYS).
Project Coordinator for the Programme at the NYS, Michael Thorney, informs that some 50 disabled persons are currently enrolled in the programme. Funding for the ICT training programme is allocated through the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, an agency under the Ministry of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce. Thorny said that ICT is a multi-faceted discipline and there are other facets to IT, for example, agriculture, the issue of art and craft, and other issues where persons, once they are exposed to using the computer, they can be able to use that to their advantage in whatever specific cottage-industry type activities they may have. Mr. Thorney is inviting corporate and other entities to collaborate with the NYS to advance the programme not only in terms of finance but also by providing technical assistance.