It would be erroneous to think of persons with disabilities – some call them “diverse abilities” – as being somehow less than deserving of opportunities and a proper life. That is because, especially in recent years, persons who have lost one of their senses or functions can make up for it with other enhanced senses or functions. Modern technology is an important tool for disabled persons to keep up with the able-bodied population, and it forms part of the theme for Disabilities Awareness Week which kicked off on Sunday.
At a rally in Belize City on Wednesday, manager of the National Resource Center for Inclusive Education (NARCIE), Earlett Thomas, spoke to us about the ways technology helps make disabled persons more able.
“Technology is extreamly important because, as you know, out world is going towards technology. For example, we have the President if BAPTA, who is Mr Marshall Nunez, he is blind, and he uses his phone [by saying] call this person, call that person, and then the call will go through. Most of our deaf people can communicate by using text.
So technology, as we go into into a world that is technologically inclined, our people with diverse abilities, with disabilities, need to get in touch with that too.”
The week of activities continues on Thursday, with the 19th annual Crystal Water Spelling Bee for the Hearing Impaired, at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium in Belize City.