Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday there remains an overwhelming cultural negativity in The Bahamas toward people with disabilities.
Bethel made the observation in the Senate and pointed to comments made by Senator Ranard Henfield.
“Despite the passage of the Persons with Disabilities Act in 2014, there is still an overwhelming cultural negativity which must be fought with the same passion and vigor that all of the previous struggles for human rights and emancipation were,” Bethel said.
“We have to fight against the enslavement and the dehumanizing, ostracism and shunning that has for too long affected persons with disabilities in our country.
“I am proud to say that in my ministry we have persons who we have employed, who are fully blind, totally deaf and the employees both perform stellar and outstanding work.
“… I trust that it will help to begin to move the hearts and minds of our people as we try and make a better Bahamas for every resident in this country, most particular those vulnerable in our society.”
Under the Persons with Disabilities Act it is illegal to deny a disabled person equal access to opportunities for suitable employment.
There were more than 10,000 disabled people in The Bahamas and only 17 percent of those 15 or older were employed, according to the 2010 Census Disability Report.
Education: College of The Bahamas, English