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Disability Cooperatives!
Published on January 16, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Disability Cooperatives!

By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez

We dare to dream of opportunities
Despite our country lacking visionaries
Why are we importing toys from foreign countries?
With enough talent here to channel those energies
Perhaps we could set up cooperatives
For persons like me living with disabilities
If public sector and private sector could pool together their resources
Then we could offer products and services
With adequate training in agro- business (processing)
We do not want to become menaces
We want opportunities in business
We can produce jams, jellies and juices

Those into trade can do well with help from BELTRADE
We can help build wheel chairs for Help Age
The young ladies, could get into sewing, embroideries, curtains and gift baskets, earrings, trinkets and bracelets
All they would need is capital and an outlet
They can have stores and take orders
Mexico, Japan and Grenada are setting the stages
They have invested in their disabled
Helping them to make honest wages
Perhaps Belize can borrow some pages
Persons living with disabilities need equal opportunities
All the way up to tertiary
We are all taking it for granted that disability dah fi all a wi
Diabetes, stroke, car crash, elderly,
Random violence, cataract, stray way bullet, war pan the block,
Glaucoma and vaccination,
Pregnancy complication
Autism is on the rise in this nation
We must invest now in our disabled population
There are communities in the United States
That teaches them to be independent
But some parents are afraid of allowing them to discover their talents
They stifle their child’s confidence
By not allowing them to find their competence

Perhaps if there was an art and craft school
To teach disabled children to make cartoon
Doll making and embroidery
Belize could lead the Caribbean with a toy factory
Doll making ranks number two in the most toys sold worldwide
Why is there no Caribbean country trying to fill this void

Every celebration season
We import toys from overseas
Plastic toys laced with lead contributing to our children disease (autism)
Why not make wooden toys for both our girls and boys?
An opportunity for the differently-abled to get employed
So that at Christmas time our children could be jumping with joy.
 
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