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Disability Centre Receives Positive Feedback

The $5000 grant enables families to construct wheelchair ramps, big door space for movement, accessible toilet convenience for the disabled and even portable kitchens for easy access.
21 Oct 2022 17:00
Disability Centre Receives Positive Feedback
Shameel Shah graduated with a Master of Science in Agriculture and Forestry Science from the Kagoshima University in Japan.

The National Council for Persons with Disabilities Northern Disability Centre Manager, Shivanjni Rao has acknowledged the positive feedback they have received from the disabled community of the Nadogo district and nearby areas.

Ms Rao shared pride in the work they do and what it meant to have their services reach unknown places.

The team set up an awareness and information booth during the two-day national celebration at the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at Wainikoro in Nadogo, Macuata, on Wednesday.

 

Ms Rao said the turnout of people to their booths had been great as they were able to reach the disabled population.

However, she said there were people in Nadogo who were still not aware of their services and that a council and disability centre is operating in the Northern Division.

She said one of the major grants offered to people living with disability was the housing grant that is purposed to assist people with disability construct accessible means in their homes.

 

The $5000 grant enables families to construct wheelchair ramps, big door space for movement, accessible toilet convenience for the disabled and even portable kitchens for easy access.

The housing grant application process would be opening soon for interested people.

“We play a key role in their application process where we issue support letters to the relevant authorities for these grants to be approved”.

“We look at the general issues faced by people with disability in terms of physiological, mental, physical support”.

 

She confirmed they would be hosting a celebration to commemorate the International Disability Day on December 3.

Ms Rao indicated their team would also assist the Ministry of Health and Medical Services when the Jaipur team from India arrives in late December to conduct prosthetics for Northern patients.

Centre holds employable skills training

Ms Rao said their disability centre at Naiyaca Subdivision in Labasa currently accommodated 10 individuals in their basic life skill training sessions to enhance their income-generating skills.

 

The training included: sewing classes, horticulture, screen printing and these skills will help them with employment.

She said they also identify suitable and competent trainees and arrange for their placements to further their training at other recognised training institutions.

Ms Rao said they had trained their current group of trainees with confidence on how to market their products and sell their goods.

  • People willing to access more of their services can contact Ms Rao at Ph: 9617264

 

Story by: sampras.anand@fijisun.com.fj



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