2018 marks an important year for the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD). It was on October 26, 1983, that a few brave, forward-thinking and courageous individuals decided to change the status quo and begin a disability movement where persons with disabilities would have “A Voice of their Own”.
It was said that the person who took the lead role was the late Reginald Rolle, and in observance of their 35th Anniversary, they found it fitting, worthy and necessary to pay homage to him as the “Founder and Trailblazer of the Disability Movement in Dominica”.
When the “late” Reginald Rolle returned to Dominica from Barbados in the summer of 1983, with the herculean task of establishing a national cross-disability, self-help consumer movement, hardly would he have foreseen how this would have impacted the lives of so many, thirty-five years later.
President of Dominica Charles Savarin addressed persons with disabilities and noted the three pillars upon which the DAPD is founded.
President of Dominica, Charles Savarin
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