Social Development and Family Services Minister Donna Cox, left, and Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Martinez use the new swing set during the handing over ceremony of an inclusive playground to the Princess Elizabeth Centre on Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

Children with disabilities will now be able to enjoy the country’s first Inclusive Playground, which was launched yesterday at the Princess Elizabeth Centre in Port-of-Spain.

Minister of Social Development and Family Services Donna Cox attended the official handover ceremony of the Angostura-sponsored ‘Inclusive Playground’ at the Princess Elizabeth Centre on Ariapita Avenue.

Cox, who was the featured speaker, said the project was a demonstration of the value of public-private partnership in providing much-needed support to vulnerable children in Trinidad and Tobago.

“The United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), to which our country is a signatory, endorses support to children with disabilities, declaring that “all necessary measures should be employed to ensure the full enjoyment by children with disabilities of all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children.”

Cox also noted that it is imperative that equality and equity are pursued and provided to all those with disabilities so that they too can continue to lead fulfilling and industrious lives.

The Minister also gave the assurance that the executive team and staff of the ministry are committed to providing effective social services delivery for persons with disabilities, including children.

Cox said the gesture by Angostura “adds significantly towards ensuring that children with disabilities have an opportunity to enjoy their lives in the midst of their challenges.”

She commended Angostura for raising funds to assist in the construction of the specialised playground.

The Princess Elizabeth Centre has been in operation since 1953, catering to the various needs of the differently-abled children under its care. Services include a modern operating theatre, outpatient clinic and an orthopaedic workshop. All equipment is specifically geared for children with disabilities. The centre also offers primary schooling, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.

Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Martinez, who also attended the launch, commended Angostura for its corporate social responsibility.

“Even in these times of financial challenges for business entities, Angostura was still willing to be generous, especially in this season of giving,” Martinez said.

Also in attendance were Minister in the Ministry of Education Lisa Morris-Julian, Angostura Limited chairman Terrence Bharath, acting CEO Ian Forbes, executive manager of Corporate Services Rahim Mohammed and acting Princess Elizabeth Centre chairman Professor Clement Imbert.