Haiti’s first Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities was created in 2012, following the earthquake.
Secretary Oriol, who himself has overcome muscular dystrophy, was graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida, completed a Master of Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, and ran for congress in Haiti in 2006. He is the personification of rising above one’s physical limitations. Drawing on his own experiences, the Secretary is looking to implement initiatives to provide education, employment opportunities and the necessary assistance services to ensure that this group of Haitians is not left behind. Working with his team as well as the Ministries of Labor, Education, Health, and Public Works, the Secretary will institute a diverse set of programs, including collaborating with:
- The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to develop access to employment, as well as directly with the private sector in Haiti;
- The Ministry of Education to advocate for better access for persons with disabilities to specialized facilities and to mainstream schools;
- The Ministry of Public Health to ensure that individuals whose disability requires care have access to needed services;
- The Ministry of Public Works to ensure that accessibility is a priority during the reconstruction period;
Haiti has had the “Loi sur les invalides” or “Law of the disabled,” since the 26th of April 1808.
The ministry recently made a joint venture for funding from Digicel:
“Le Bureau du Secrétaire d’Etat à l’Intégration des Personnes Handicapées vient de signer un Protocole d’Accord avec la Fondation Digicel pour le financement d’un ou de plusieurs projets à hauteur de 30 000 dollars américains.”
” The Secretary of State for the Integration of Handicapped Persons has signed an accord with the Foundation Digicel for 30,000 american dollars in financing.”
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Interview with Honorable Secretary Oriol: