Jamaica turns into first Caribbean nation to supply civil registration paperwork in Braille


On April 2, Jamaica’s Registrar Normal’s Division (RGD) will introduce the primary batch of Braille certificates, changing into the primary Caribbean nation to supply equal entry to important paperwork for people with visible impairments.

The announcement was made by RGD’s CEO Charlton McFarlane at a latest JIS Suppose Tank.

He shared that the transfer to supply paperwork, equivalent to start certificates, marriage certificates, and demise certificates, in Braille is a part of the RGD’s ongoing dedication to foster inclusivity and accessibility by endeavor intensive efforts to reinforce its companies and accommodate the wants of all residents.

Braille is a tactile writing system utilized by people with visible impairments.

“It’ll allow members from the visually impaired group to have the ability to entry and truly learn and interpret and know immediately, the knowledge that’s contained on their very important [documents],” he stated.

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McFarlane, who additionally serves because the Deputy Keeper of Data, stated that whereas “we do get requests, infrequently, to translate start certificates, that is the primary time that our certificates shall be systematically produced in one other written language.”

He famous that the initiative entails collaboration with the Jamaica Society for the Blind, which is helping with the language and the printing of the certificates.

“Primarily based on consultations with the members of that group, it’s one thing that they’re wanting ahead to as a result of it affords them the kind of independence to have the ability to learn and perceive their doc and reality examine the knowledge that’s contained for them by the Registrar Normal’s Division,” McFarlane identified.

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Jamaica leads inclusivity in Caribbean

He added that the rollout of the Braille certificates on April 2 will mark a historic second for the RGD and Jamaica.

“I imagine that when this turns into a actuality, Jamaica would be the solely nation within the Caribbean that truly has this selection for its residents,” he identified.

“I’ve acquired calls from different registrars in neighboring Caribbean nations who’ve expressed an curiosity in going this route, however as regular, Jamaica continues to take management inside the Caribbean,” he stated.

“That is one other initiative that we’re extraordinarily pleased with and we’re excited to be able to roll it out in April to align with the beginning of the brand new monetary 12 months,” McFarlane stated.