Portmore Self-help Disability Organisation (PSDO), Mobility Resource Centre has taken in 30 young persons with intellectual disabilities and are training them to make sheet sets, cushions, pillows, leather bags, slippers, bracelets, necklaces and soap- There is also the teaching of some members to make tiles.
Bridgette Johnson, who is also administrator for the PSDO Mobility Resource Centre, shares that the impact of the work she does is what drives her to continue doing whatever she can to improve the lives of members of her community.
“The PSDO is one of the more industrious Local Economic Initiatives operating in the Municipality of Portmore. This community-based enterprise is primarily focused on ensuring that persons living with disabilities are actively engaged in economic, social and educational pursuits,”
This improvement is why the Mobility Resource Centre is working with he Universal Service Fund to open a computer centre the Centre should receive eight computers and equipment for a computer lab, in a act to enable all persons, all our members, in terms of providing adequately for them, whether it is skills training or something at home that they can do. Our mission is to empower our members.
The PSDO president says there is so much more the centre could do, but requires the partnership and assistance of wider Jamaica.
“We need jobs. We need to be independent. If there is an opportunity for us, I am sure we will take that opportunity to better our lives. We have come a far way because of the constant advocacy of organisations like the PSDO and what others are doing to say to the private sector and country, that we are fully capable of carrying out any duty that we are qualified to operate in,” asserts Johnson.