20101228 Situation Analysis of CRPD in the Caribbean

20101228 Situation Analysis of the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Caribbean Subregion

In a study published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean, in December 2009, a strong recommendation was made
to conduct a follow-up study to “collect information on the availability of statistical information on
persons with disabilities and on the implementation of legislation and policies in order to measure the
commitment of governments in the Caribbean region towards the Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).”  As such, ECLAC conducted a baseline study which comprised
three questionnaires for national statistical offices (NSOs), government ministries and NGOs in the
Dutch- and English-speaking Caribbean in an attempt to get feedback on the situation of persons with
disabilities. The report focuses on the questionnaires to the government ministries and NGOs on the
implementation of policies and legislation. It should also be noted that NGOs were limited to those
which worked with people with disabilities related only to visual impairments or who used
wheelchairs, with the hope of further expanding the research to other persons with other disabilities in
the future.