DAPD Participates in Carnival
For the second time, The Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD), will partake in this year’s carnival, in the form of a t-shirt band on Monday February, 11th.
This initiative forms part of their anniversary festivities which was celebrated on Thursday January 24th through a launching ceremony.
Executive Director of DAPD Mrs. Nathalie Murphy, says accepting disability and redefining life within the limitations imposed by disease, is the biggest hurdle for people with disabilities.
Mrs. Murphy added, that there are harsh realities and expensive equipment and medications may be required.
She said while life becomes more expensive, too often the ability to work diminishes and financial security takes a big hit. In most cases, an uncertain future can make a person fearful, she said.
Mrs. Murphy says it is not every time DAPD should have a press conference to voice their concerns, or should host an activity indoors. Hence the reason for them taking their celebrations to the streets and socializing with others.
The idea was suggested by Ms. Naoko Yachi, Japanese volunteer from the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), who is leaving back for Japan, at the end of the this month.
Mrs. Murphy added that they are ready for the carnival and their t-shirts have arrived.