Mélange Accessibility for All Magazine October 2020 - Page 28

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Community Based Rehabilitation on the Caribbean island of 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 .