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Adventists welcome long-awaited Disabilities Act

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica is celebrating with those who are disabled, as it lauds the passing of the Disabilities Act.

The Disabilities Act 2014, which was passed in Parliament in October 2014 and reaffirmed by both Houses of Parliament in October 2021, came into effect on February 14.

“This is one of the ministries that our church places special emphasis on because of the need to be all inclusive,” said Pastor Adrian Cotterell, coordinator of the church’s Possibilities Ministries. “We should never make the mistake of underestimating the abilities of persons with disabilities and must refrain from thinking or treating others who may look different as incompetent or inferior.”

While many refer to this ministry as ‘Disability’, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has decided on the nomenclature: Possibilities Ministries.

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