Disability Advocacy in Antigua & Barbuda
Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), according to the World Health Organization, involves the enhancement of the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families, meeting their basic needs and ensuring their inclusion and participation in their communities. A stellar example of CBR in the Caribbean is the work done tirelessly by Bernard Warner and the committed team at the Antigua & Barbuda Organization of People with Disabilities.
Fostering respect for the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities are the tenets they follow, while attempting to promote positive attitudes towards this demographic throughout their island.
A variety of outreach programs are undertaken year-round which include food drives and distribution; delivery of personal care items; assisting with the repair of homes that have become damaged over time; social activities for people with disabilities among other things.
Funding is limited, but this vibrant group finds creative ways to raise funds as they continue to advocate for a barrier-free Antigua & Barbuda.