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A Voice of Our Own

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities may seem like more paperwork added to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other conventions so ably written and so carefully thought out.

When the Barbados Council for the Disabled recognized that we had to take some proactive steps to advance the inclusion of persons with disabilities; special missions were sent to our overseas Diaspora last year to consult and seek their support for our goals of inclusion.

A Voice of Our Own - An Act to Follow
Often, we look to the northern hemisphere for inspiration on a number of vital issues. It has been argued that the tendency of small developing nations to emulate the paths of the more advanced countries is fraught with several challenges and sometimes the ending result is a diminishing of our own identify. One area, in which we can all agree that some guidance from the more developed nations has benefited Barbados, is our advances in issues related to persons with disabilities.

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