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Tuesday, August 27, 2013


UPDATE: Sagicor Life Inc. provided DPI NAC Inc. with starting money for a Youth Internship Program aimed at exposing young persons without disabilities between the ages of 21-25 to the issues facing persons with disabilities.  The first candidate of the DPI NAC Inc. Youth Internship Program was Miss Damisha Boyer, a 22-year-old female pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Management at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Department of Undergraduate Studies at the Antigua State College.

Miss Boyer participated in the voluntary one-month orientation process  from July 2, 2012.  The first DPI NAC Inc. Youth Internship spanned 20 months  that ended in July 2013.  Click here to read a press release from Sagicor Life Inc.

The Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean (DPI NAC) established an Office in Antigua and Barbuda after appointing Mr. Leslie A. Emanuel as its Regional Development Officer effective June 1, 2004.  Mr. Emanuel is a native of Antigua and Barbuda.

The DPI NAC Office is the clearinghouse for information and activity in the Region including creating programs, workshops, seminars and assorted training programs for the benefit of DPI NAC Member  Organizations and their constituents.

Nestled in the rural village of Potters in the parish of St. George's, the Office is primarily staffed by the RDO and between January 2007 and February 2008, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) interns (Carmen H. Hamilton and Crystal R. John respectably) as part of an International Youth Internship Program between CIDA and DPI that ended in 2008.

The RDO made a successful application to the US Peace Corps Office in Antigua for a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV), Mindy Nissenberg who took up staff position as a Project Development Officer starting February 25, 2008 for 6 months and successfully applied for an extension of 1 months.

In 2009, the DPI NAC Executive asked the RDO to incorporate the Region and on April 29, 2011, DPI NAC that previously operated only as a Region of DPI became Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean Incorporated (DPI NAC Inc.) with its own Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws modeled after those of DPI.

Until funds are secured for additional staff positions, qualified persons are invited to apply for a voluntary position at the DPI NAC Inc. Office using the following contact information:


Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean Inc.


Potters Main Road, P.O. Box W1529

St. John's

Antigua, W.I.

Executive Director (direct): +1 (268) 461-7260

Fax: +1 (268) 561-1272

E-mail: office@dpinorthamericacaribbean.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DPINorthAmericaandtheCaribbean

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DPI_NACaribbean

Skype: dpinac_ro



The DPI NAC Inc. Office will be closed on the following public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda:


1 January: New Year's Day
29 March: Good Friday
1 April: Easter Monday
6 May: Labour Day Holiday
20 May: Whit Monday
5 August: Celebration of Emancipation Day
6 August: Carnival Tuesday
1 November: Independence Day
9 December: National Heroes Day
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Boxing Day

20 December-January 1: Annual end of year closure beginning at 4:30 PM EST on 20 December including Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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DPI NAC Inc. Executive Director presented at the DPI Side-Event during the Fifth Conference of States Parties

The Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean Inc. (DPI NAC Inc.) Executive Director presented on "Affordable Assistive Technology" at the DPI Side-Event entitled "Voices from the Global South" on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 between 1:15-2:45 PM during the Civil Society Forum (CSF) preceding the Fifth Conference of States Parties (COSP5) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) from September 12-14, 2012 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. Click here to read the PowerPoint presentation.

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IDPD 2012 was celebrated on December 3 under the theme "Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all".

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