EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean (DPI NAC) is a network of national assemblies or organizations of disabled people established to promote the human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunities and development.
The goals of DPI NAC are to:
- Promote the human rights of persons with disabilities
- Promote economic and social integration of persons with disabilities
- Develop and support organizations of disabled persons within our region and to share information and knowledge with others at the world level
The DPI NAC Regional Development Office is located here in the lovely twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, nestled in the rural village of Potters. In accordance with the above mentioned goals, we support efforts by regional organizations to educate the public about disability-related issues and to promote the regional disability rights movement.
Currently, DPI NAC carries out this mandate through full and associate member organizations in Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; and United States of America.
One of our primary projects is lobbying the government of Antigua and Barbuda, and in fact all governments throughout the Caribbean, to ratify and implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This expansive human rights treaty ensures that persons with disabilities have equal access to many areas which have been routinely and systematically denied to them, including:
- Receiving an education
- Moving around freely
- Living independently in the community
- Getting jobs, even when well qualified
- Accessing information
- Obtaining proper health care
- Exercising political rights, such as voting
- Making their own decisions
- “Fitting in” and being accepted
Please join us and our fellow disability advocacy organizations in our quest to educate the public and our governments about the importance and benefits of respecting and empowering persons with disabilities.
To learn more about disabilities and ways you can help eliminate negative stereotypes and discrimination, download a free PDF of our new handbook, "Equal Opportunities for All: Respecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" by clicking here.
For more information on Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean, please visit our website