By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter
The Inspiration Center for children with diverse abilities was officially launched on Thursday with overwhelming support from a variety of contributors that helped to make the Center a reality.
Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis-Barrow, said to the gathering at the inaugural ceremony: “Belize’s children with disabilities will finally have access to physical therapy, occupational therapy, hydro therapy, speech therapy and medical care catered specifically to their unique needs.”
Barrow said that the facility would empower the children who use it and give them a chance to acquire skills to become more productive and independent in a safe and comfortable environment.
Barrow explained that services would also be provided to support the parents of children with disabilities, by offering day care services which, will allow the parents, who often use all their time to care for their children, to return to work and provide for their families.
The Center will also offer after school programs in arts, culture, sports and disability awareness.
“We need to create an understanding where differences are accepted and the focus is on fostering abilities rather than disparaging disabilities,” Barrow said.
She then expressed that she believed the opening of the Inspiration Center was a sign that Belize is embarking on the road to equality for all.
Barrow also thanked all those who supported the initial telethon in 2012, which raised an unprecedented one million dollars in donations as well as the host of corporate sponsors, which included BTL, San Cas, Benny’s, BTB and many others.
Also in attendance for the opening of the ceremony were, Prime Minister Dean Barrow; Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington; Taiwanese Ambassador David Wu; Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation Anthony “Boots” Martinez; and CEO’s from the ministries of Health and Human Development, Peter Allen and Judith Alpuche.