Special needs resolution for TT

DR RADICA MAHASE

AS 2018 comes to an end and we reflect on the status of special needs in TT, we can build on the positive things that happened and try to rectify the negative ones. Probably one of the most positive things for special needs in TT this year was that it became a more frequent topic in the public domain. Throughout the year, there were newspaper articles highlighting various celebrations, organisations and individuals. Newsday took the lead in this by allowing me to write this column on a weekly basis. Special needs wasn’t only highlighted at special times when we were celebrating a specific awareness day, it was in the newspaper throughout the year.

There were other positive things as well. Towards the end of the year, the Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust opened its wheelchair ramps. This was definitely one of the most positive changes for special needs in TT as it was the first outdoor, environmentally-focused space to become more accessible to everyone. This year we also saw shopping centres such as South Park and C3 Centre sowing their interest in special needs as they collaborated on outreach booths and sensory Santa respectively.

Source: Special needs resolution for TT

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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