Independent Living Institute


Government Action on Disability Policy
A Global Survey
Part II - Government Replies as Country Profiles

St. Kitts and Nevis

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© Dimitris Michailakis 1997

Transmitted by Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York (15 April 1996)
Compare with the following Country Report(s): DPI, the St. Christopher and Nevis Government (2)

General policy

There is no officially recognized disability policy in St. Kitts and Nevis.


The rights of persons with disabilities are protected by general legislation. The judicial mechanism adopted in order to protect the rights of persons with disabilities is due process (legal remedy through courts).

The general legislation applies to persons with disabilities only with respect to: employment and access to court-of-law. No benefits are guaranteed by law to persons with disabilities.

No new legislation concerning disability has been enacted since the adoption of the Rules.


Levelling off pavements is the only measure promoted by the Government in order to facilitate accessibility in the build environment is:. Special transports include bus free of charge for children to commute to school. Wen planning to build accessible environments the most difficult obstacles are: economic/budgetary factors and lack of legislation and regulations. There is no disability awareness component incorporated in the training of planners, architects and construction engineers.

Sign language for deaf people is recognized as the official language of deaf people. There are no Government measures for encouraging media and other forms of public information to make their services accessible. The following services are provided in order to facilitate information and communication between persons with disabilities and other persons: sign language interpretation available for any purpose, and easy readers for persons with mental disabilities.

The adoption of the Rules has not led to a rethinking of the approach to disability policy.

Contents of the UN Report | Compare with the following Country Report(s): DPI, the St. Christopher and Nevis Government (2)