The I AM ABLE Conference was recently held in Antigua & Barbuda from 3-6 December 2017. A special guest of the Conference included Hon. Molwyn Joseph, Minister of Health, Environment, Botanical Gardens and Heritage Sites, Antigua & Barbuda who endorsed the campaign and applauded the CYC’s efforts in increasing the capacities of persons with disabilities.
The document contains policy recommendations that may be adopted or used as inspiration for key actions towards an inclusive future for persons with disabilities. Solutions in the documents are focused on the areas of education, employment, health and political participation. Some solutions include:
- Education (Article 26 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)
- Founding of Child Rights Club to provide education to children with and without disabilities about their rights, provide support and build their skills.
- Living and Mobility skills education to teach children with disabilities life skills so that they will have equal opportunities in their undertakings.
- Employment (Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)
- Buildings and parking spaces are disabled-friendly to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal opportunities for employment.
- Employers who practice an inclusive policy provided incentives such as tax concessions.
- Health (Article 25 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)
- Healthcare providers to be trained on how to meet the needs of persons with disabilities.
- Early detection of physical and invisible disabilities in children so that support and education can be provided at a young age.
- Political participation (Article 29 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)
- Staff of the Electoral Commission given training on how to identify persons with disabilities to ease the voting process for them.
- People with disabilities provided opportunities to be members of staff at the Electoral Commission.