A social, economic and personal development program has been launched by the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD).
Executive Director of the association, Nathalie Murphy said the program is expected to be implemented over the next five years.
She was addressing the 31st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the DAPD at the Public Service Union building on Monday.
“It is a social, economic and personal development program that will be implemented over the next five years,” she said. “This plan was formulated and developed with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in mind and the soon to be launched, new set of goals which are the sustainable development goals that the United Nations will launch in September. So everything in that plan is surrounded around these two major international events and we have estimated that we will need over a million EC dollars to undertake the program for the next five years.”
Meanwhile Minister of Social Services, Gender Affairs and Family, Catherine Daniel said over the last few decades persons with disabilities were marginalized and deprived of the rights and privileges of the average citizen.
However, she thanked the DAPD for putting programs in place to provide persons with disabilities with a voice in society.
“Thanks to your organization persons with disabilities in Dominica can now enjoy participation in the life of their communities and contribute meaningfully to national development,” Daniel said. “Thanks to your organization also, Dominicans are more sensitive to the needs of the physically challenged, your advocacy for the need to respect and appreciate persons with disabilities continue to bear fruit.”
The at the meeting the DAPD received a cash donation of $3,000 from DOMLEC and also a five-year agreement signed with Romance Café in order to raise funds for the association.
The 31st AGM of the DAPD was held under the theme: “Sustaining DAPD through increase Advocacy, Entrepreneurship and Equal Opportunities.”