GHP Q4 2019

GHP / Q4 2019 31 Caribbean Disability Conference: ‘We Are An Opportunity, Not A Burden’ the data is made accessible to persons with disabilities. They called on persons with differ- ent types of impairments and disa- bilities to unite as one group rather sub-groups and continue engaging with stakeholders to push for progress on disability rights. Keynote speaker, Ms Mycroft, said: “These are not favours we are asking for but our very basic human rights.” Minister Marshall announced that her government will establish an inter-ministerial group on disability to drive the progress on this mandate and expedite the Disabilities and Equal Opportuni- ties Act’s implementation. Layne Robinson, the Common- wealth’s head of Social Policy Development, said: “Antigua and Barbuda is a regional champion of persons with disabilities. “We believe this light from the Caribbean will shine across the region and the Commonwealth to encourage other countries to accelerate the implementation of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, delivering on the promise of an inclusive society, where no one is left behind.” The conference was hosted by the Commonwealth in partner- ship with the government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Commonwealth Youth Council to promote practical steps which countries can take forward to improve prospects of education, employment, health and mobility for persons with disabilities.