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Nassau, The Bahamas
Tel (242) 397-8600 or 397-8614
Fax (242) 356-0766
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

As a person with a disability you have rights that are protected under the law. If you are a caregiver of a person with a disability, your dependant has these same rights, which
include:

The right to be treated with dignity and respect, free from discrimination;
The right to equal access to opportunities for suitable employment, as well as equal access to training, education and health care services.
The right to a barrier-free and disabled-friendly environment enabling you to access buildings, social amenities, transportation and services;
The right, upon request, to be assisted by a person of your choice in voting in parliamentary elections or referendums.

If you feel that you have been discriminated against by a business, a provider of service or your employer, you have the right to file a complaint to the Commission for Persons with Disabilities as well as take legal action if necessary.



YOUR RESPONSIBIITIES

With rights come responsibility. The Government of The Bahamas, through the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, is committed to doing its part to protect and promote your rights. Here are some things you too can do:

Always treat others with the same dignity, courtesy and respect that you are entitled to.
Learn as much as you can about the Persons with Disabilities Act and help to educate your family, friends and others around you.
Register with the National Commission of Persons with Disabilities.
Participate in community organizations, programs and development opportunities that will help you develop and achieve your potential.
Don’t tolerate discrimination. If you feel you are being treated unfairly by a business place and you make a respectful complaint that is not being addressed, then contact the
Commission in a timely manner. We’re here to help.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Bahamas’ Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities) Act, 2014, was enacted to end discrimination against persons with disabilities as well as promote their rights and provide equal opportunities, amongst other provisions.

Did you know that The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities is a statutory body that has been mandated to carry out the provisions of the Act?
The Commission has the responsibility to:

  • Ensure that the rights of all persons with disabilities are respected and upheld;
  • Recommend measures to prevent discrimination against persons with disabilities;
  • Register all persons with disabilities as well as register all organizations for persons with disabilities;
  • Ensure adequate accessibility to health care, education and employment opportunities;
  • Monitor, evaluate and ensure compliance with the International Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities;

In order for you to exercise your rights you have to know them! The National Commission encourages you to become familiar with your rights as enshrined in the Act

Telephone:
(242) 397-8600 or 397-8614
Fax
(242) 356-0766
Email:
disabilitiescommission@bahamas.gov.bs
Address:
J. F. Kennedy Dr. & Bethel Ave