The United Nations has declared today, March 21st, as World Down Syndrome Day. This year's theme focuses on "My Friends, My Community - The benefits of inclusive environments for today's children and tomorrow's adults." The Caribbean Research Empowerment Network joins with the international community in recognising this day as we continue to advocate for increased access to health care, education and social services for persons of all abilities. Today, we are pleased to share the words of Ms. Eileen Dunne, Keynote Speaker at the "Towards Social Integration: Rights, Roles, Recognition of Persons with Disabilities" Conference in April 2015, hosted by the Network and Outreach for Disability Education and Sensitization (NODES) and the Disability Studies Unit (DSU) of the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. The following is a reproduction Ms. Eileen Dunne's Keynote Address: Towards Independence and Social Equality, delivered on 23rd April 2015.