Dr Yansie Rolston participated in the The Network for Disabilities Education and Sensitization (NODES) and The Disability Studies Unit of The University of the West Indies conference “TOWARDS SOCIAL INTEGRATION: Rights, Roles, Recognition of Persons with Disabilities” which was held on April 23rd and 24th, 2015.

The conference featured papers on topics such as: Policy formation and implementation; Legal framework; Employment and access; Representation and self-fashioning; Assistive technologies; Human rights; Inclusive education; Disability trauma and abuse; Women and disability; Children and disability; Ageing and disability.

Dr Rolston presented a paper on Sexuality and Disability – Challenging the Sexual Oppression and Exploitation of
Disabled People.
Research has shown that disabled people are being restricted from experiencing fulfilling romantic relationships and taking ownership of their physical and emotional sexual health while being subject to coercive control, sexual assaults, rape, emotional abuse, and unnecessary exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. The presentation will focus on raising awareness of the issues, dispelling myths and stereotypical perceptions about disabled people and sexuality, sharing of good practice models, and developing ideas for further action with a view to influencing policy, practice and service.

Newspaper article: Trinidad Newsday April 2015  – With her husband President Anthony Carmona listening among the guests last Friday night, Mrs Carmona gave the feature address at the Closing Ceremony at the Conference on Disability at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine. The conference theme was “Towards social integration — rights, roles, recognition of persons with disabilities”, and it was hosted by disability-lobby NODES (Network and Outreach for Disability Education and Sensitisation) and UWI’s Disability Studies Unit.

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