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Friday, July 17, 2015

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PLEASE NOTE: The DPI NAC Inc. website is being revamped that is an ongoing process. The next step is to have the website rebuilt and launched on a new platform. Good News – The information on display now is ACCURATE. Stay in touch and thank you!!

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

Trinidad and Tobago ratifies the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on June 25, 2015!!!
 

Congratulations to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago from the Board of Directors and the Regional Council of DPI NAC Inc. for being the 10th States Party in North America and the Caribbean to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)!

Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean has a new Executive Council!!

Disabled People's International (DPI), United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and Digicel Jamaica Ltd. funded the Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean 9th Regional Assembly facilitating the election of the Executive Council during the Assembly. Click here to meet our new representatives.

GNCD to hosted 2nd Caribbean Community-Based Rehabilitation Conference and spearhead Caribbean Public Health Agency Annual Scientific Meeting

Grenada National Council of the Disabled (GNCD) invited a representative from DPI NAC Member Organizations in North America and the Caribbean to attend the 2nd Caribbean Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Conference on June 24, 2015 held at the St. George's University in Grenada.

GNCD also spearhead the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Annual Scientific Meeting that coincided with the 2nd CBR Conference. CARPHA will serve as a platform through which key stakeholders regionally and locally will discuss the challenges faced by people with disabilities and chart the way forward.

DPI NAC 9th Regional Assembly 2015!

Under the auspices of Mr. Javed Abidi, Global Chairperson of Disabled People's International (DPI), Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean (DPI NAC) held its 9th Regional Assembly from June 16-17, 2015 in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.

The theme of the Assembly is Leadership in Transition "Rekindling the Fires" through Youth Empowerment and Organizational Strengthening.

Guyana Council of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities Celebrates IDPD 2014

The Guyana Council of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities (GCOPD) celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 3rd, 2014 with a "Disability Expo" at the Carifesta Sports Complex, Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, Guyana. The Expo ran throughout the Day and included a school symposium, cultural presentations, various booths showcasing items that were made by persons with disabilities. Entertainment was provided by "DJ Foots" who uses his feet to play the computer and DJ.

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!

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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".

Click the following button to visit the United Nations website designated to the IDPD 2014.

Click here to read a Message from the DPI NAC Inc. Acting President, Mrs. Henrietta Davis-Wray to observe International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), 3 December, 2014.

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