Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Visually impaired woman becomes Senator in Barbados

Kerry-Ann Ifill, Barbados Senator

Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson appointed Kerry-Ann Ifill, 34, who is visually impaired, to be one of 12 government senators earlier this year.

The Nation Newspaper in Barbados says the appointment illustrates "a recognition by his administration that the disabled too have a role to play in the continuing development of Barbados."

Ifill was chosen to be Deputy President of Senate at the opening of Parliament Feb. 12, which means she will preside over committees and the whole Senate when the President is absent.

Ifill is a graduate of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies and also has an MBA from Durham Business School. She is a research project officer with the Barbados Council for the Disabled in St Michael.

A March 2 article in The Nation Newspaper explains the technology Ifill will use in her new job.