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Persons living with disabilities to receive public assistance for lifetime

Updated: Jun 18

- Assistance extended to HIV and Cancer patients

Minister of Human Services and Social Security

All persons living with permanent disabilities will now have access to public assistance automatically for a lifetime. This was announced by the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security Dr Vindhya Persaud on Friday.


These persons living with permanent disabilities will no longer go before the Local Board of Guardians.

Dr. Persaud told media representatives, "They do not need to be subjected to any other medical or any other tests going forward. This is something that’s been very, very close to my heart, and it really puts much into the hands of persons who are living with disabilities.”

However, in order to receive the public assistance, they must be registered with the National Commission of Disability, and the Human Service Ministry will provide the application.

The Public Assistance has been extended to HIV and Cancer patients as well. “This takes immediate effect right across the country and it will include persons who are living with HIV and those who have cancer…the major announcement I made earlier, that will be communicated to all officers across the country so that it takes immediate effect," Minister Persaud stated. This follows the announcement of the $100,000 cash grant for children living with disabilities 18 years and under.


In addition, the Human Services Ministry will provide free aid and training for persons living with disabilities across the country.


Training includes ICT for persons who are visually impaired who will be provided with tablets prior to the training.


A pampers bank will also be launched for children and adults who are in need of pampers, which will be provided free of cost.

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