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Disable persons on Montserrat recognized and organised

Joseph “Teacher King” Kirwan is elected President of The Montserrat Association of People with Disabilities (MAPD).

The Disabled Peoples’ International North America and the Caribbean Incorporated (DPI NAC Inc.) Public Relations Officer Mr. Perro Holloway and The Barbados National Organization of the Disabled Incorporated (BARNOD Inc.) Secretary, Mr. Winston Callender visited Montserrat during the Easter weekend. 

Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) was established in 1981 and set up five Regions in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America and the Caribbean. The mandate of DPI and Its Regions is to promote the equal inclusion of persons with disabilities and to ensure their rights and dignity are promoted and protected. DPI and its Regions are made up of Member Organizations that are mostly managed by persons with disabilities.

This visit was as result of several telephone conversations between former public servant and many years Community Services worker, Mr. Joseph (Teacher King) Kirwan, who is blind, and the DPI NAC Inc. Executive Director, Mr. Leslie A. Emanuel, with some wonderful assistance from the Community Development Advisor in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Mrs. Priscilla Owen.

The sole purpose of the visit of Mr. Perro Holloway Mr. Winston Callender was to have discussions with persons with disabilities on island with the intention of electing an Executive to manage a Disabled Peoples Organization (DPO) in Montserrat.  Prior to the visit there was no organization of persons with disabilities.

One of TMR reporter caught up with Mrs. Owen, “Although there is still a lot of work to be done with the organisation I am pleased with the progression thus far.” Mrs. Owen is also appealing to the general public to offer assistant to the association in any way possible.

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Joseph “Teacher King” Kirwan is elected President of The Montserrat Association of People with Disabilities (MAPD).

The Disabled Peoples’ International North America and the Caribbean Incorporated (DPI NAC Inc.) Public Relations Officer Mr. Perro Holloway and The Barbados National Organization of the Disabled Incorporated (BARNOD Inc.) Secretary, Mr. Winston Callender visited Montserrat during the Easter weekend. 

Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) was established in 1981 and set up five Regions in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America and the Caribbean. The mandate of DPI and Its Regions is to promote the equal inclusion of persons with disabilities and to ensure their rights and dignity are promoted and protected. DPI and its Regions are made up of Member Organizations that are mostly managed by persons with disabilities.

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This visit was as result of several telephone conversations between former public servant and many years Community Services worker, Mr. Joseph (Teacher King) Kirwan, who is blind, and the DPI NAC Inc. Executive Director, Mr. Leslie A. Emanuel, with some wonderful assistance from the Community Development Advisor in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Mrs. Priscilla Owen.

The sole purpose of the visit of Mr. Perro Holloway Mr. Winston Callender was to have discussions with persons with disabilities on island with the intention of electing an Executive to manage a Disabled Peoples Organization (DPO) in Montserrat.  Prior to the visit there was no organization of persons with disabilities.

One of TMR reporter caught up with Mrs. Owen, “Although there is still a lot of work to be done with the organisation I am pleased with the progression thus far.” Mrs. Owen is also appealing to the general public to offer assistant to the association in any way possible.