EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean, Inc. (DPI NAC) is a network of member organizations of and for persons with disabilities established to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities through full participation, equalization of opportunities and development.
The goals of DPI NAC are to:
- Promote the human rights of persons with disabilities
- Promote the 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 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; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Haiti; Jamaica; Montserrat; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; and the United States of America.
One of our primary objectives is lobbying all governments throughout the Caribbean, to ratify and implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). 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 a proper health care
- Exercising political rights, such as voting
- Making their own decisions
- “Fitting in” and being accepted
DPI NAC is pleased to announce fourteen (14) Member States in Antigua and Barbuda; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Haiti; Jamaica; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and Trinidad and Tobago have ratified the CRPD! However, there is much work to be done for a full implementation of the CRPD. 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.
For more information on Disabled Peoples' International North America and Caribbean, Inc., please use our contact information. We look forward to your visit to our website
and anticipate your feedback and responses!