Regional Youth Network
Meet Mr. Dion
Green from the Commonwealth of Dominica…before he became the
Treasurer of the DPI NAC Inc. Regional Youth Network!
Click here and go to page 9 to really MEET Dion!
DPI NAC Inc.
Regional Youth Network (RYN) Coordinator and Assistant
Coordinator selected and attended the
AIDS-Free World Biannual International
The Disabled Peoples' International North America and the
Caribbean Incorporated (DPI NAC Inc.) Regional Youth Network (RYN) Coordinator
and Deputy Coordinator,
Mr. Ganesh Singh and Miss Sharmalee Cardoza
respectively attended the AIDS-Free World Disability &
HIV Leadership Forum on July 21, 2012 and the XIX
International AIDS Conference from July 22-27, 2012 in
Washington, DC. The event was organized by
AIDS-Free World and sought to promote inclusion and access.
AIDS-Free World hosted a town-hall meeting on AIDS and Disability
to further increase the profile of disability rights, with
hopes that the issue finally got the full attention it
There was a
one-day pre-conference event for approximately 25 young
leaders from the disability community in countries where the
AIDS crisis continues to be a significant issue. This
pre-conference trained young people with leadership
potential on current issues and advocacy strategies to
broaden the discussion around the intersection of AIDS,
disabilities, and human rights. The pre-conference
was a day-long meeting exposing young advocates to
current world leaders among AIDS advocates and the global
disability rights movements. The purpose was to pass
the torch to a new generation of disability rights
advocates, and teach them some of the successful “tricks” of
the advocacy trade, including how to form a national or
global movement and stay connected with one another; how to
get the media’s attention; how to get the attention of
political leaders; how to make disability and AIDS an
important human rights issue for everyone, not just for
people with disabilities.
On completion of the one-day training, the
young people were prepared to try out their new advocacy skills at
AIDS 2012, and then return home to continue their
advocacy work. The young persons who received this training
was part of a global youth group to keep in
touch and support one another.
The DPI NAC Chair nominated the RWN
Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator, Mr. Ganesh Singh of
Guyana and Ms. Sharmalee Cardoza of Jamaica respectively
participated in the activity because of the funding provided
by the organizers of the Conference. Guyana and
received a high level of international attention in the
areas of HIV and AIDS.
DPI NAC Inc. Regional Youth
Network (RYN) Coordinator
represents DPI NAC Inc.
Mr. Ganesh Singh,
Coordinator of the Disabled Peoples'
International North America and the Caribbean
Incorporated Regional Youth Network (DPI NAC Inc. RYN)
accompanied the DPI NAC Inc. Public Relations Officer
(PRO), Mr. Perro Holloway to attend the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM) Technical Meeting of Government
and Civil Society Representatives in Paramaribo,
Suriname from November 7-8, 2011 funded by the European
Union (EU). The CARICOM Secretariat extended the
invitation to DPI NAC Inc.
Click here to read Mr. Singh's Report.
DPI NAC Inc. launches a
Regional Youth Network!
Since being founded in 1981, neither Disabled
Peoples' International (DPI) nor any of its then 5 Regions paid
serious enough attention to continuously building a cadre of
young persons with disabilities to take up leadership roles in DPI
and/or its Regions. The resulting consequences being:
The early original leaders had to carry on the
work of advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities
at the highest level for quite a long time
This took a tremendous toll on them
They became overwhelmed not out of lack of
interest and/or enthusiasm but rather from multiple health
challenges and age
DPI lost many hard-working and committed leaders
No one had been groomed to take over these
leadership roles causing DPI and the movement of persons with
disabilities worldwide in general to lose momentum and suffer.
During the Civil Society Forum on August 31, 2010
preceding the Third Conference of States Parties from September 1-3,
2010 at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, USA,
Mr. Shuaib Chalklen, the United Nations Special
Rapporteur on Disability noted, "there is a global fatigue in
the global disability movement weakening its capacity".
n recognition of a shortage of persons take up
leadership roles, DPI took the major step to focus on and include
youth with disabilities by giving them an opportunity to express
their views during the DPI World Summit from September 8-10, 2004 in
Winnipeg, Canada. The Summit gave young persons with
disabilities from around the world an opportunity to:
Express their frustration at not being included
in the decision-making processes of DPI, its Regions and other
organizations of and/or for persons with disabilities
Highlight the fact that whenever there was a
national, regional and/or international event of persons with
disabilities, youth with disabilities were usually included in
the agenda but youth with disabilities themselves were not
intrinsically involved in the planning, decision-making and/or
executing of the events that are supposed to impact their lives
Present their perspectives using abstracts they
prepared in workshops specifically earmarked for them during the
Unfortunately, neither DPI nor its Regions followed
up on the views of the youth with disabilities expressed during the
DPI World Summit June 2004, unfortunate in light of the opinion of
the deceased DPI 2nd Deputy Chair with responsibility
for Underrepresented Groups, Mr. Khalfan H. Khalfan that: "a
successful social movement is one that ensures its longevity by
nurturing and supporting future leaders" (Disability
International, Winter 2003). Mr. Khalfan passed away on March
It is with this in mind that the DPI NAC Regional
Assembly 2011 began the process of training youth with disabilities
in leadership, team building, advocacy, motivation, and self-esteem
that will ensure the future of DPI NAC and strengthen the
organizational capacity of DPI NAC and its Member Organizations to
secure the continued success of the disability movement in the
At the DPI NAC Regional
Assembly 2011, six (6) youth with disabilities were elected by their
peers as the Coordinating Committee (CC) to manage the DPI NAC Inc.
Regional Youth Network (RYN). Miss Lesley Williams
representing Grenada had been elected as the CC Secretary who
unfortunately died on December 17, 2011. Therefore, the CC had to
make to intern appointments accordingly:
Ganesh Singh, Coordinator, Guyana,
Sharmalee Cardoza, Deputy Coordinator, Jamaica,
Swanye Brown, Interim Secretary, Barbados,
Dione Green, Treasurer, Dominica,
Claire Henry, Interim Ordinary Member, Antigua and Barbuda,
(replacing the youth originally representing Antigua and
Barbuda based on disciplinary measures)
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.
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Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the
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