ACT Advances Disabled Peoples' International North America And The Caribbean

Ira and Andrew with Leslie Emanuel

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o commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on Monday 3rd December and continue in its well-established spirit of giving, ACT once again lends aid where it is needed most.

The donation, a high performance HP Laser Printer will aid the organization with its critical service programs and integral administrative work. Executive Director Leslie Emanuel sees this tangible donation as a significant contribution to materializing the vision of the organization. Its goal is the full and equal enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons. with disabilities in the North American and Caribbean Region.

The DPI (NAC), which was founded in 1981 and has 17-member organizations in 16 countries, has faced many financial challenges as a nonprofit entity and requires continued support to achieve their goals. We, at ACT, pride our principles of social responsibility. It is not only important for corporate sponsors to help advance the community that we live in, ensuring a brighter future, but it is even more vital to assist those with special needs in achieving their goals especially persons with disabilities.

Martin Cave, Executive Director of the Antigua & Barbuda Chamber of Commerce and Industry Limited, facilitated this donation after they were approached by the DPI (NAC) for assistance. The Chamber of Commerce advocates for social responsibility of corporate members in the community. Businesses should not only be concerned with making profits, he states, but also recognize their corporate responsibility to give back to the community.

Some of the most deserving actors in the community are those who either cannot help themselves or give back their benefactors.

persons with disabilities

Non-profit organizations do not generate an income and sometimes find themselves unable to print materials or finance the valuable programmes that promote and protect the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities. Emanuel also adds that this donation of the HP Laser Printer came at a key time –

DPI (NAC) is planning its Quadrennial Regional Assembly 2019, and many documents, training manuals, and programmes will be needed. We also offer programs geared towards the sensitization training of persons young persons with disabilities.

With more corporate sponsors such as ACT that are concerned with improving the lives of persons with disabilities and the community at large, Emanuel hopes that it will inspire more persons to become involved.

We hope to have more internships that sensitives young persons without disabilities about the field of disabilities, and our rights and needs. It is also our hope that more persons such as Brandon Reifer who volunteered his company -Anchor Monkey, to build a website for us, and companies such as ACT, can continue to provide aid, which will benefit all persons in our community.

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