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Special Needs

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.

Special Needs Statistics
Project Project Partner Beneficiaries Investment USD
Centres of Excellence Rio Claro Development Centre for Special Children, Lady Hochoy School Gasparillo 150 $277,182
Project
Centres of Excellence
Project Partner
Rio Claro Development Centre for Special Children, Lady Hochoy School Gasparillo
Beneficiaries
150
Investment USD
$277,182
Preparing You UNDP GEF SGP 365 $150,000
Project
Preparing You
Project Partner
UNDP GEF SGP
Beneficiaries
365
Investment USD
$150,000
Puberty Sex and Sexuality Caribbean Kids Families Therapy Organisation (CKFTO) 328 $17,000
Project
Puberty Sex and Sexuality
Project Partner
Caribbean Kids Families Therapy Organisation (CKFTO)
Beneficiaries
328
Investment USD
$17,000
SOFit SOTT 100 $10,148
Project
SOFit
Project Partner
SOTT
Beneficiaries
100
Investment USD
$10,148
SOTT Community Training Programme SOTT 1,500 $126,267
Project
SOTT Community Training Programme
Project Partner
SOTT
Beneficiaries
1,500
Investment USD
$126,267
SOTT National Games SOTT 1,000 $177,780
Project
SOTT National Games
Project Partner
SOTT
Beneficiaries
1,000
Investment USD
$177,780
SOTT World Winter Games SOTT 50 $40,385
Project
SOTT World Winter Games
Project Partner
SOTT
Beneficiaries
50
Investment USD
$40,385
SOTT World Summer SOTT 100 $37,222
Project
SOTT World Summer
Project Partner
SOTT
Beneficiaries
100
Investment USD
$37,222
Therapy Based Education Programme A&C Foundation 1,042 $281,000
Project
Therapy Based Education Programme
Project Partner
A&C Foundation
Beneficiaries
1,042
Investment USD
$281,000
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