The Barbados Disability Council: the Spirit of "Harambee"

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The Barbados Disability Council coordinates a network of 19 stakeholder groups:


In 1976, out of a meeting to address the needs of Barbadians with disabilities, the "Barbados Council for the Handicapped" was born at the home of Chief Justice Sir William Douglas. Two months later the Council was officially launched at the Annual General meeting of the Barbados Association for Mentally Retarded Children...

A cherished programme of the council was launched in November 2005 with the unveiling of the Fully Accessible Barbados (FAB) Awards. These awards seek to recognize those facilities, which have made a conscious effort to be accessible to persons with disabilities.

Among some of the more recent programmes of the Council are:

  • Community-Based Rehabilitation programme;
  • The employment of a part time Physiotherapist;
  • The "Nothing About Us Without Us" t-shirt campaign;
  • The distribution of Parking IDS and Parking Reminder Fliers;
  • The "A Voice of Our Own" monthly article in the Nation Newspaper;
  • The production of accessibility guideline brochures.

The Council's affiliates have reached a total of nineteen organizations representing a wide cross section of interests and specialties.

The Barbados Council for the Disabled continues to share a vision with our membership and that is, integration and equality of opportunities for all persons with disabilities. The Board of Directors and staff are committed to these objectives and we welcome the support of all persons in the achievement of these goals.


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