FRIDAY OCTOBER 23, 2020: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – School educators have been pivoting as they deal with the demands of virtual learning since the closure of schools due to COVID-19. However, some Principals are also carefully preparing for the eventual return of students to their school’s facilities in January 2021. As a beneficiary of the Digicel Foundation’s ‘Centres of Excellence’ programme, the L.I.F.E (Learning is For Everyone) Centre completed upgrades to improve the physical learning environment and increase the level of comfort for students living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The TT $53,150.00 refurbishment, focused on optimising the acoustic performance of the building to override the challenge of auditory overload for students with hyper-sensitivity. The acoustic design of classrooms is critical in creating a productive learning environment for the students. Other upgrades included installation of partitions, lighting, electrical work and re-finishing ceilings to the school’s sensory room.
Digicel Foundation’s Centres of Excellence programme provides infrastructural upgrades to educational facilities that improve opportunities for persons with disabilities. The renovations are done to international standard and comprise: remodelling of ergonomic classrooms, wheel chair accessible ramps, bathroom upgrades and other physical conversions to encourage a suitable learning environment for students with special needs.
Dr. Zoe, LIFE Centre Principal, expressed her gratitude to both Digicel Foundation and the Contractor- de Belleza Management Services Ltd, for the magnificent work. While currently teachers and students are attending classes virtually, with the new upgrades Dr. Zoe is confident that the Centre is better equipped to care for the needs of the students and now has the potential to increase intake when it’s safe to do so.
L.I.F.E Centre is a non-profit organization located in Cascade that offers special education instruction to persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other communication-related disorders. Its mission is to improve the lives of children, adolescents, and young adults on the autism spectrum through individualised strength-based and passion-based learning, and equip them with the tools they need for holistic development.