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Parent calls on Dominicans to become advocates for children living with Disabilities

first_img 30 Views   no discussions LocalNews Parent calls on Dominicans to become advocates for children living with Disabilities by: – September 7, 2011 Eddison Henry; parent of a child living with a disability.Calls have been made for Dominicans to become advocates for children living with disabilities on the island.The call came from Mr Eddison Henry, a father of a child living with disability, who was the guest speaker at the 6th Annual General Meeting of Parents Advocating for the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Society (PACIS).Mr Henry said that over the years, society has viewed persons living with disabilities as disadvantaged; a notion that should be corrected.“We can conclude that persons living with disabilities are disadvantaged people; it is against this knowledge and experience that we have developed the need to become advocates for charting the way forward for children with mental and physical disability”.Mr Henry says the onus is on each and every Dominican to build sensitization on the issue and promote family support to children living with disabilities.“I believe advocacy, sensitization and inclusion in normal activity is what we are here to do today. I believe also that the family must accommodate, I believe support networks and associations such as PACIS, DAPD and others are also very important. I believe access to medical care, education and therapeutic care is also of very long and lasting importance. And of course the enactment of the adoption of the necessary legal policy framework must exist”, said Henry.“How do we as society view this grouping of people?” Mr Henry believes that much more work need to be done in educating society to answer this question.According to him, “they may be disabled based on factors beyond our control, but they are disadvantaged because we have not done enough to accommodate them. These children are part of society and therefore every effort must be made by us who are blessed with their care to accommodate them in mainstream activities. Awareness is important in reminding us that we are all God’s children and we all deserve the right to a fruitful existence. It is important that we take time to improve the level of information available in the public domain”.He is also hoping that families will aid in the process by giving their full support to these children with special needs.“Family accommodation is another important area of action. The entire household and family must get involved in the business of caring and assisting with the challenges associated with children living with a disability. The family must develop a plan so that each member of the family can contribute to accommodating the child. The family needs to lead in being sensitive; we simply need to adopt attitudes of optimism …after all, everything is going to be alright”.Minister for Social Services, Honorable Gloria Shillingford pledged government’s support to PACIS and encouraged them to continue their efforts.“To you the members of PACIS, I offer my most sincere commendations for the commitment you have invested in these children and I urge you to continue to champion the cause of children living with disabilities in Dominica. Government and more so, my ministry pledges support to organizations such as yours which seek to improve the well being of the less fortunate of this country”, said Shillingford.The group, which was formed just about three years ago have been advocating for more effort to be placed on making life comfortable for persons with special needs, through a series of educational programmes in primary and secondary schools.The other major organizations that have been advocating for persons living with disabilities in Dominica is the Dominica Association of Persons Living with Disabilities (DAPD), the Alpha Center and Abilities Unlimited previously known as the Workshop for the Blind.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Armando’s food truck moves off campus to Jefferson

first_imgArmando’s Food Truck, a favorite breakfast and lunch stop among the football team and other students who discovered its slightly obscure location, has moved to a new, off-campus spot since construction began earlier this summer next to the School of Cinematic Arts building.Order up · Armando Corado takes lunch orders from customers. He said he is optimistic about the increased visibility in his new location. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanThe move has come as a surprise to some of the old customers and business has taken a bit of a dip, but Armando Corado said he believes  the move might work out for the better.“The move has definitely changed the business,” Corado said. “We’ve been at that site on USC’s campus for 20 years and we have never worked off campus before.”The sudden move disrupted regular business, confusing regular customers who didn’t know about the move.“I just got back to campus after being home for the summer and had no idea Armando’s had moved,” said Jennifer Padilla, a sophomore majoring in international relations and communication. “I was a regular there last year and I doubted they had gone out of business because their tacos are so affordable and in high demand among ’SC students.”Corado, who has worked at the food truck for 11 years, acknowledged it will take some time to get a regular flow of customers again.“A lot of people haven’t found us since we moved,” Armando said. “Last year we probably fed about 300 to 400 students a day. Right now, it’s not even close to that, but it will get better.”Though part of Armando’s reputation as USC’s best-kept secret was based upon the mystery of its location, the new off-campus spot offers the food truck the opportunity to build a bigger customer base.“Now that I’m off campus, I realize there’s a lot of traffic we hadn’t been exposed to before,” Corado said. “Now many of our customers are living right in front of us.”Some of those customers live in Century Apartments. Armando’s food truck is now parked outside the apartment complex, near Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue, each day. Some loyal customers were quick to discover the new location.“I was bummed out, until I noticed that Armando’s moved right across the street on Jefferson,” said Johnnie Jung, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering and computer science. “I can literally see the truck from my room. Now it’s always tempting me with its awesome sandwiches and burritos — great food and quality.”Members of the football team said that Armando’s new location won’t change their habits.“The football team loves the food that the truck has to offer,” said Emon Saee, a walk-on quarterback. “I usually go with [defensive tackle] Christian Tupou or just go pick it up and bring the food back to the locker room. As long the truck is walking distance from the locker room, I’m there.”Corado said that the food truck might move back to the original location once the construction is completed, but if business goes well enough, the truck would stay on Jefferson and McClintock.“The way I see it now, we already have a pretty good reputation and a pretty big fanbase,” Corado said. “Now more people can actually see us.”last_img read more

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Another top ten finish for Bennett

first_imgThe stage was won by Matthias Brändle of IAM Cycling while Rafael Valls from the Lampre-Merida squad secured overall victory. Brandle was part of a four man breakaway which went clear in the opening kilometres of the 133 kilometre stage. The bunch sprint for 16 seconds later saw 24 year old Bennett take 10th in the stage at the end of the 6 day race.last_img

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