We have spent the past six years supporting and implementing programmes that advocate for inclusion and advance the lives of persons with special needs. Our programmes have been people centered and are known to address fundamental needs of this marginalized group. Our special needs interventions range from Sports for development, Therapy, Sex & Sexuality, Education and Inclusion.
Through our partnership with Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago (SOTT) we have seen the growth in support for Special Olympics National Games. Additionally, SOTT, through their Community Training Programme has been avidly recruiting and training new athletes and coaches, ensuring the sustainability of the sport development programme.
The Therapy-based Education programme was tailored to provide support to teachers and care-givers in areas of Occupational, Speech & Language and Behaviour Therapy. The programme began in 2015 and to date 15 schools have participated. In 2018, the programme closed off with two day workshop for over 150 participants who formed part of discussions surrounding accessing public support and services and looking at interventions that aid in the advancement of persons with special needs.
Our flagship prgramme, ‘Preparing You!’ is a disaster management and emergency evacuation programme for persons with special needs. This programme was done in collaboration with the UNDP through the GEF Small Grants Programme, funded by the Australian Aid. Other major programme stakeholders include the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services and the Ministry Rural Development and Local Government.
All our programs take us a step closer to a society that is inclusive, with citizens who can make a positive contribution toward sustainable development.