Construction of a new facility for the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities is progressing steadily.

The contract for this new, modern facility was signed in September 2020 under the Basic Needs Trust Fund ninth program at a cost of nine hundred thousand dollars, with construction starting soon after.

The project falls under the Article 9 of the UN Convention on the rights of People with Disabilities.

Minister with responsibility for Dominicans with Disabilities, Honourable Dr. Adis King stated that the Labour Party Government is committed towards the advancement of person living with disabilities.

“This Labour Party Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit continues to place the wellbeing of all citizens at the core of our development. We are therefore committed to the holistic development of all the members of the DAPD family. I can safely say that the DAPD members and all other members with disabilities who are not yet members of this association are of paramount importance to our mandate,” Dr. King stated.

Executive Director of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities, Natalie Murphy noted that the newly constructed building will serve as a module of what a disability friendly building should reflect.

“I would just like to say that on completion the building which is situated to my left will be transformed and it is going to demonstrate what it is to build a physically accessible building. It will also serve as a model to other builders to build and create disability friendly facilities,” Murphy added.

The new facility is expected to host numerous amenities to facilitate ease of access for persons with disabilities including wheelchair ramps and elevators.