The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is encouraging persons registered with the organisation who have not yet benefited under the COVID-19 Allocation of Resources for Employees (CARE) Programme to apply for financial support.
Applications reopened on Thursday, October 1.
This is an extension of the initiative that started in June 2020 and targets persons with disabilities, to cushion the economic impact of COVID-19. Executive Director of the JCPD, Dr. Christine Hendricks, told JIS News that the decision to extend the application period was taken to ensure that every person who is registered with the Council benefits from this one-off grant.
She is, therefore, imploring parents and caregivers of persons with disabilities to encourage them to apply or sign up for the benefit on their behalf. Dr. Hendricks pointed out that the grant is available to persons with disabilities, aged zero and upwards, who are unemployed or not formally employed. Individuals who have already benefited under the Government CARE Programme should not apply.
Applications may be completed online at https://app.wecare.gov.jm/pwd-application or persons may visit the JCPD; the Ministry of Labour and Social Security parish offices, the Combined Disabilities Association, Jamaica Society for the Blind, Jamaica Association for the Deaf, and the Jamaica Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.
To apply, persons should possess a valid Tax Registration Number (TRN). Children with disabilities should have a valid TRN or birth certificate.
For further information, persons may contact the JCPD at (876) 968-8373/968-0623/618-1133; WhatsApp: (876) 807-0383; website: www.jcpdja.com or visit 18 Ripon Road, Kingston 5.
Do you know a child with a disability?
Registering a child with disabilities means that the child can access the benefits and services offered by JCPD. Registration also helps us to know what your child needs are and where he/she is located island-wide so that plans can be made to serve he/she better!
What you need to register a child:
Collect the applicable forms listed below or you can download and print them. You will need to have forms completed by a medical doctor or health care professional who is competent to make an assessment, before coming in for an interview. For the registration interview you will need:
- A passport size photograph
- National Identification (birth certificate, passport)
- JCPD MEDICAL FORM FOR CHILDREN
- JCPD CHILDREN MEDICAL HEARING VISUAL ASSESSMENT
- JCPD CHILDREN MEDICAL INTELLIGENCE-COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT
- JCPD CHILDREN MEDICAL PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION FOR CHILDREN
Benefits of registering a Child with The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD)
Registering a child with disabilities means that the child can access the benefits and services offered by JCPD. The JCPD provides each client with assessment and independent living skills through the Assessment & Guidance Centre.
The JCPD represent 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. The investigation of complaints about discrimination against PWDs and, providing Legal Assistance to PWDs for matters of discrimination
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.