“Breaking Barriers for an Inclusive Society and Empowerment for Children with Different Abilities”
This two-day conference will highlight issues affecting children with disabilities and seek the commitment of participating countries and organizations to work toward making this a cross-cutting issue among governments, civil society and the private sector. It intends to bring together regional partners to exchange best practices and experiences and will allow for a re-commitment to the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
October 13th-14th, 2016
Radisson Hotel and Marina
Belize City, Belize CA
Take stock of what has been accomplished in the region and sharing best practices
To develop a regional awareness campaign to educate on the impact of positive language; changing a culture
Advocate for improved accessibility at schools, government offices and among business communities
Raise awareness for appropriate interaction for an inclusive society
Identify the gaps regarding access to services
Securing commitment from participating countries
Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, Belize’s Special Envoy for Women and Children and Global Ambassador for Special Olympics, has over the years demonstrated her commitment to improving the quality of life for the women and children of Belize. In 2014, Mrs. Barrow officially opened the doors of The Inspiration Center, a multipurpose facility where the community rehabilitation services and medical services are interwoven to provide the utmost care to our most vulnerable children. For the first time in Belize, these children have access to speech, VitalStim & physical therapies, ponseti, hearing screening, medical evaluations as well as the services of Rehabilitation Field Officers and a Social Worker.
UNICEF's commitment to Belize dates back to 1954. Environmental health, vector control, school feeding and the provision of primary school textbooks and supplies were a part of the response in the early decades of our work in Belize. UNICEF established an office in the same year that Belize gained its independence in 1981. Since then, UNICEF has partnered with the Government of Belize to promote legislative and policy changes and uses its global authority on children’s issues to support a variety of partners at grassroots levels to turn innovative ideas into reality.