In December 2017 the Constitutional Commission, together with the Human Rights Commission, launched two alternative formats of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order, 2009 (the “Constitution”) for persons with sight or literacy impairments in Cayman – an audio Constitution and hard copies of the Constitution in braille. The project came about when a member of the public who is visually impaired approached the Commissions about accessing the Constitution; further research showed that there are around 788 persons in the Cayman Islands who are considered to have a “sight disability” (ESO, 2010). The audio production marks the first official audio recording of any constitution in the Cayman Islands history, and, to their knowledge, the braille publications mark the first ever official production of a government document in braille.
A private event took place at the National Gallery on Thursday, 7 December to celebrate the launch, giving attendees, many of whom had contributed to the audio production, a preview of the projects. Braille copies of the Constitution were also presented to representatives from the Cayman Islands Public Library Service (which will place one in every public library in the Cayman Islands), Sunrise Adult Training Centre and the Lighthouse School. The audio version of the Constitution is now available online and can be accessed via the Constitutional Commission and the Human Rights Commission websites.
The event was held to fall between two significant dates – International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) which took place on Sunday, 3 December, and International Human Rights Day (IHRD) which takes place on Sunday, 10 December. Click here to read the full press release of the launch.
Listen to the Audio Constitution (NB: to view these files you must have access to the streaming audio service SoundCloud).
Click here to view a PDF of the Cayman Islands Constitution - Audio Track List with Readers.
This recording was produced in 2017 by the Commissions Secretariat and Radio Cayman. Technical support has been provided by Norma McField and Joel Wilson. Below is a list of readers who contributed to the project: