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Of the nearly 1.2M disabled Dominicans, only 1% has a job

Nearly 1.2M Dominicans are disabled,12.3% of the population

Santo Domingo.- Nearly 1.2 million citizens suffer from some form of  disability according to Dominican Rehabilitation Association (ADR) director Arturo Perez Gaviño, who said the number represents 12.3% of the country´s total population.

The figures were released to mark International Day of Disabled Persons, which in Dominican Republic less than 1% have managed to enter the workforce, “because of all the constraints they face.”

“That number is too poor, it is really very low. But this situation also affects the low preparation of people with disabilities, because they often don’t have opportunities or to study,” said the head of the ADR, which provides recovery services to people with physical or intellectual challenges.

Perez said Danilo Medina´s Administration must resolve the issue by find a way to provide jobs of value for anyone with disabilities.

“That 12.3% of the population deserves an opportunity, because it is a representative of the community group. They deserve better attention in concepts of public policy, accessibility and employment rights,” Perez said at a wreath-laying ceremony accompanied by officials, dozens of students, beneficiaries and partners.

Source: DT

Dec 4, 2015

Category: DR News |

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