Canadian Embassy Co-Sponsors Fair for People with Disabilities

Participants at the Fair

Canadian Ambassador at the Honour Table

Santo Domingo, November 29, 2013: Tha Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives in the Dominican Republic co- sponsored a day long fair at the “Plaza de la Cultura” organized by La Red Iberoamericana, as a launch activity for the project “Promoting Employability and Independent Living of disabled people”.  Red Latinoamericana,  an institution with track record providing support to disabled audiences throughout Latin America and Spain, gathered several private, non-profit and government entities including the Ministry of Public Works, Water and Sewage Authority, the  Vice President’s Office, TRICOM Telecom, the Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID), the Dominican Association for Rehabilitation, Telecom provider, Association of Hearing Impaired and Association of Physically Impaired.

The opening act was marked by the presence of the Canadian Ambassador in the Dominican Republic, Mr. Georges Boissé, as part of a panel comprised of representatives from the Vice Presidency,  the Association for the Physically Impaired, the Dominican Federation of Disabled, Circle of Women with Disabilities, La Red and AECID.

At the event, several stands showcased products elaborated by disabled people with technical abilities. The products ranged from wooden kitchen crafts, electrical home inverters, cleaning aides and general artistry. Also, simultaneously, an exchange took place between several disabled people associations and current employers of people with disability where examples were illustrated on current disabled professionals working for institutions like the Ministry of Public works as engineers and managers.

The School for Hearing Impaired of Santa Ana manifested its intent to distribute throughout the fair 25 resumes from disabled professionals in areas of architecture, business administrations, engineering and various others. Since 2009, La Red spearheads a Job Placement Exchange (SIL) which to date has placed close to 82 individuals in formal job positions.

The CFLI project with la Red Is programmed to hold several luncheon meetings with business community in Azua, San Juan de la Maguana and Santo Domingo where materials will be distributed to promote and sensibilize companies in attempt to forge working agreements and promote the 2%-5% hiring quota part of the enacted Equal Treatment of People with Disability Law (5-13). The project would also hold workshops with disabled people’s family members in order to promote their independent living.