Local disability rights organizations in Guyana are hopeful that they will receive government funding in the upcoming Budget 2023, which is expected to be presented on Monday. Organizations such as the Guyana Council of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities and the Deaf Association play a crucial role in supporting persons with disabilities at the grassroots level.
According to a survey conducted by the National Commission on Disability in 2019, there are approximately 11,713 persons living with disabilities in Guyana. To support this population, the government made a significant step forward last year by providing lifetime public assistance for all persons living with permanent disabilities for the first time. Additionally, children with disabilities 18 years and under receive a one-off $100,000 cash grant in 2022.
The Budget 2023 presentation will be the fourth by the current administration since taking office in August 2020. Shemar Alleyne report