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This site was created to show our work of advocating for the recognition of the human rights of persons with disabilities and ensuring we are fully included in every sector of our individual and collective societies as outlined in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  It contains information about the member organizations' activities in Canada, the USA and the Caribbean.  Visit the Disabled People's International website to get more information about the work being done in the international movement of persons with disabilities.

 

Our  Mission

To raise awareness about Persons with Disabilities as embodied in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and other human rights treaties. Create and promote an environment for sustainable development.

 

Our Mandate

Disabled Peoples' International North America the Caribbean Inc. (DPI NAC Inc.) is a cross-disability network of 15 member organizations of persons with disabilities and 2 associate member organization, established to promote the human rights of persons with disabilities through full participation, equalization of opportunities and development.

 

Our Goals

  • Promote the human rights of persons with disabilities

  • Promote economic and social integration of persons with disabilities

  • Develop and support organizations of persons with disabilities in the Anglophone, Francophone and Dutch countries in North America and the Caribbean to share information and knowledge with each other and with others at the world level

 

Guyana ratifies the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on September 10, 2014!!

The Board of Directors and the Regional Council of DPI NAC Inc. congratulates the Government of Guyana for ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities  (CRPD), now the 9th States Party in North America and the Caribbean!!

Grenada ratifies the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on August 27, 2014!

Congratulations to the Government of Grenada from the Board of Directors and the Regional Council of DPI NAC Inc. for being the 8th States Party in North America and the Caribbean to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)!

DPI NAC Inc. Member Organization, St. Kitts Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities (SKNAPD) Elects New Executive

Basseterre, St. Kitts – On Saturday, June 7, 2014, the St. Kitts Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities (SKNAPD) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the McKnight Community Centre. Click here to see the new elected SKNAPD Executive and learn their names!

DPI NAC Inc. Member Organization, Antigua & Barbuda Association of Persons with Disabilities (ABAPD) celebrated its 19th Anniversary on May 20, 2014!

Under the leadership of the President, Mr. Bernard Warner, the Antigua & Barbuda Association of Persons with Disabilities (ABAPD) recognized its 19th Anniversary on May 20, 2014.

DPI NAC Inc. Member Organization, Combined Disabilities Association (CDA) participated in UWI Biennial Regional Disability Studies Conference, Mar. 11-12, 2014

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Disability Studies (UWICDS) had its first Biennial Regional Disability Studies Conference on March 11-12, 2014 in Kingston, Jamaica in association with other institutions serving persons with disabilities in the Caribbean. The Conference focused on the situation of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean with a view of developing a “Charter of Minimum Service” for service delivery in the public and private sectors within the region and also to publish an academic journal on the situation of persons with disabilities.

DPI NAC Inc. Member Organization, St. Kitts Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities (SKNAPD) convened a Training Program, Mar. 31-Apr. 10, 2014

The St. Kitts Nevis Association of Disabilities (SKNAPD) had convened a technology course for persons with sight and for persons who are blind from March 31-April 10, 2014, taught by an IT Instructor from Antigua and Barbuda. The course is part of a larger SKNAPD project to empower persons with visual impairment and persons who are blind in St. Kitts and Nevis. Click here to read more about the course and to see participants, President of SKNAPD, and the St. Kitts and Nevis Minister of Community Development.

DPI NAC Inc. participated in the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Week, Dec. 2-6, 2013

DPI NAC Inc. had been asked to become an intrinsic part of a Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Week from December 2-6, 2013 in Montego Bay, Jamaica under the auspices of the Government of Jamaica. DPI Member National Assembly and DPI NAC Inc. Member Organization, the Combined Disabilities Association (CDA) assisted with the agenda for the events on December 4-5, 2013 powered by The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT's (G3ict) that was geared toward Empowering People with Disabilities (PWDs), a Workshop that G3ict initiated that addressed accessibility of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) including assistive technology, web, mobile and television. DPI Executive Member, DPI NAC Inc. Acting President, and CDA Chairperson, Henrietta Davis-Wray moderated a Panel on December 5, 2013.

DPI NAC Inc. Coordinator of the Regional Youth Network attended the CARICOM High-Level Ministerial Meeting, Dec. 5-6, 2013

The President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly requested Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of State and Government convene a High-Level Regional Ministerial Meeting on Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs on December 5-6 2013 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to promote and facilitate cooperation initiatives among Caribbean States, to more effectively serve the needs of this vulnerable group of citizens. The Meeting was held under the theme Building an Inclusive Society for All.

The CARICOM Secretariat invented the Coordinator of the DPI NAC Inc. Regional Youth Network (RYN), Ganesh Singh to attend the CARICOM High-Level Ministerial Meeting to present a paper on the Situation of Children and Disability in the Caribbean under Panel 1, Situation of Persons with Disabilities in the Caribbean on December 5, 2013.

DPI NAC Inc. Visitations to St. Lucia, Belize, and Guyana completed successfully!

Phase II of the Disabled People' International  North America and the Caribbean Incorporated (DPI NAC Inc.) to visit three (3) DPI NAC Inc. Member Organizations in St. Lucia from October 14-19, 2013, Belize from October 28-November 2, 2013, and Guyana from November 10-15, 2013 was funded by Abilis Foundation that were successful!

The visit to Belize to work with the DPI NAC Inc. Member Organization, Belize Assembly for Persons with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA) went well. The Team had interviews with three (3) news media in Belize LOVE FM Belize at 10.45 AM, Channel 7 TV Station at 11.45 AM and Channel 5 TV Station at 12.20 PM. Click here to read an article written by a reporter about the visitation to Belize.

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Deputy Coordinator of the DPI NAC Inc. Regional Youth Network stated an interest in the Civil Society Forum and presented at the DPI Side-Event during the Sixth Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

Deputy Coordinator of the Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean Inc. (DPI NAC Inc.)  Regional Youth Network (RYN), Sharmalee Cardoza stated an interest in the Civil Society Forum (CSF) on July 16, 2013 preceding the Sixth Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). DPI NAC Inc. Acting President, Henrietta Davis-Wray and DPI NAC Inc. Associate Member Organization, President of Barbados Council for the Disabled, Sen. Kerryann Ifill also stated an interest in the CSF.

Ms. Cardoza presented at the DPI Side-Event entitled "Voices of Youth with Disabilities from the Global South" on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 between 1:15-2:30 PM during the Civil Society Forum (CSF) preceding the Sixth Conference of States Parties (COSP6) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) from July 17-19, 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.

Click the button below for more information about the COSP5, the CRPD and its Optional Protocol.

Click the buttons below to view the DPI Convention Ratification and Implementation Toolkits respectively in a PDF format.

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Click here to see Status of North America and the Caribbean countries on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Optional Protocol (OP) to the CRPD.

HIGHLIGHT: International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2014

IDPD 2014 will be celebrated on December 3 under the theme "Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology".

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