Social Services to start Disability Registration Drive

The Department of Social Services will start a registration drive for those living with disabilities in Grand Bahama on Monday, July 18. Registration will be available in East Grand Bahama, West Grand Bahama and Central Grand Bahama. Shown seated from left during a press conference on Friday, July 15, 2022 are: Johnathon Cooper, president of the Center for the Deaf; Brennamae Rolle-Cooper, chief welfare officer, Disability Affairs Unit; and Brahnae Bannister, special projects officer. Standing from left are: Angelique Cooper, assistant secretary; Danae Bethell-Golar, special projects officer; Nashanda Tate, special projects officer; and Linda Hepburn, case aide. (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)

The Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development will on Monday, July 18, begin island-wide registration of those with disabilities, said Brennamae Rolle-Cooper, chief welfare officer at the Department of Social Services in the Disability Affairs Unit, during a press conference on Friday, July 15.

“This exercise of the registration drive, which will be island-wide, would allow for an updated data base of persons in Grand Bahama living with a disability to be recorded. Moreover, it would specify the assistances and possible legislations that are needed to further impact in a positive light, individuals living with disability.”

The drive, being held in conjunction with the National Commission for Persons Living with Disabilities, will begin on Monday and Tuesday in East Grand Bahama from 9 to 1 at the Emmanuel Disciples Center. West Grand Bahama will be held from July 25 to 29 from 9am to 1pm at the Eight Mile Rock High School Gym and in Central Grand Bahama from August 2 to 5 from 9am to 1pm at the St. George’s High School

Johnathon Cooper, president of the Center for the Deaf, encouraged those with disabilities, or family members of those with disabilities to get registered and get information as to what opportunities and assistance are available.

“We are working together in helping to your benefit and your needs… come on out and register so that we can help you, and then everything will be okay.”

Mrs. Cooper says the Disabilities Unit will work in conjunction with a number of NGOs and other organizations to assist in getting people registered. For those who are bedridden, once identified, social workers will be going to their homes to do the registration, and “hopefully, no one will be left out in this exercise.”

As an incentive to get the disabled registered, a food voucher giveaway will be held daily.