Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf gets computer lab from USF
The facility has been outfitted with 15 computers and workstations, multifunction printers, air conditioning units and a server.
The Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) is better equipped to serve its students thanks to a new multimillion-dollar computer lab donated by the Universal Service Fund (USF).
The computer lab was commissioned on Tuesday and was completed at a cost of $7.5 million dollars. The facility has been outfitted with 15 computers and workstations, multifunction printers, air conditioning units and a server. It facility also boasts a solar system to offset the institution’s energy costs and will cater to the students of the CCCD and the wider community.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Science Energy and Technology Wahkeen Murray said UNESCO estimates that 15 per cent of the world’s population live with at least one disability.
Murray, who was representing the Minister of Science Energy and Technology Fayval Williams, added that information and communication technologies have the potential for making significant improvements in the lives of these persons, allowing them to enhance their social and economic integration in communities by enlarging the scope of activities available to them.
“Through the Universal Service Fund (USF), the Ministry will continue to support the vulnerable community. To this end, 50 million dollars have been earmarked to finance projects aimed at using technology to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities” Murray said.
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In outlining the impact that the computer lab will have on the school community, Executive Director of the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf Tashi Widmer said advancements in technology have helped facilitate greater communication between the hearing and the hearing impaired. This communication she said, has helped individuals to develop a better understanding of the deaf community and deaf culture and to see persons who are hearing impaired as individuals with special skills and talents and not just as persons who cannot hear.
The project is the latest in a series of initiatives being spearheaded by the Universal Service Fund to assist members of the special needs community. In his remarks, Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Service Fund, Mr Daniel Dawes outlined that the Agency since 2004 has invested approximately $50 million in projects aimed at supporting the special needs community.