Executive Director of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD), Nathalie Murphy, has called on authorities involved in building the new Petite Savanne to make it a community that is physically accessible and barrier free.
The community was severely damaged during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27 and residents were evacuated after the area was deemed unsafe. Government is presently searching for a new place to relocate residents.
Murphy believes this creates an ideal opportunity for creating a model society that is open for all, including those with disabilities, and a model others can emulate.
“In other words what I am saying is, the houses, the residential homes, the school, the medical centre, the shops, the sidewalks, the churches, the roads that are going to be constructed, rebuild, restored…. I think we should make it a model of a physically accessible and barrier free society,” she said at the opening ceremony the association’s new dormitory funded by the government and the people of through the Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday.
She said the DAPD is willing to assist in such venture.
“We stand ready as an organization to provide the necessary support, expertise, guidance,” Murphy said.
She stated that about 20 people with disabilities from Petite Savanne and the south of the island were affected by the storm.