Caricom special rapporteur wants more access for persons with disabilities

The Caribbean Community (Caricom) Special Rapporteur on Disability Dr Floyd Morris yesterday reiterated a call for access for persons with disabilities — as the region joined the global community in observing International Day of Disabled Persons.

Morris, who is also director of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Disabilities, said: “If persons with disabilities are to be brought in the mainstream of Caribbean societies, the various stakeholders must create greater access to all aspects of Caribbean life for these vulnerable individuals.”

In his message to mark the global event, being observed under the theme “The future is accessible”, Morris cited public facilities, public transportation, educational institutions, health-care facilities, community centres, sidewalks, theatres, sports complexes, workplaces, and other such facilities that must be made accessible for persons with disabilities.

Meanwhile, a 2019 report of a project to establish a Regional Disability Index has indicated that while “it is evident that some work is being done to advance the disability agenda, it is not sufficient and strategic enough to radically transform the lives of persons with disabilities in the region”.

According to the report, countries within the region must ensure that their programme of work to realise the 2030 agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for example, include issues relating to persons with disabilities.

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