Physically challenged Kimani La Touche of Beausejour St. George’s continues to be put out by the way he is regarded by the public.
Some months ago Kimani visited our offices to complain that he is discriminated against when seeking a job, because of his physical disability. He said he just wanted to work and take care of himself as any independent human being but was finding it difficult to gain employment.
After some promising developments, however, he says he is back to square one and continues to be considered disabled by members of the public.
La Touche told Grenada Informer that he was sent by the Grenada National Council for the Disabled (GNCD) to do a course at Telfa’s Electrical Refrigeration and Appliance Services which he greatly appreciated since that’s the field he’s interested in. He said the course includes electrical installation but he wanted to do repairs (repairing things like refrigerators, stoves, washers, iron etc.).He was however told by the company that to reach the appliance repair level of the course, he must complete electrical installation at levels one and two to grasp the basic concept of electrical in order to get in the field he’s interested in.
La Touche says that about three-quarters of the way into the electrical course, the GNCD informed him that they would not be able to pay for him to do the level two, which gave him no choice but to complete just the first level.
According to La Touche, the GNCD just wasted over $2000.00 because although he has completed level one of the electrical course, he would not be able to practice electrical installation since this regularly requires climbing a ladder, which he cannot do because of his physical challenge.
He says the electrical course Alone would not benefit him in any way but he took great interest in doing it as a stepping-stone to what he is really interested in doing.
The physically challenged man tells the Grenada Informer that he’s now living in a comfortable home with a bathroom, a verandah and ramp, which ensures easier access for him. He is very grateful to the company, which saw the need to provide him with comfortable living conditions and a safe home. However in his view, while he has a comfortable home he cannot continue to depend on his family to take care of him for the rest of his life. He needs to work and earn a reasonable income to fend for himself.
He laments that as long as the public continues to see him as and call him a disabled, it makes it much harder for him to get a job being defined as a disabled person. La Touche feels he’s back to square one looking for a job to take care of himself.