Ministry commemorates World Autism Awareness Day

Mrs. Teresina Sieunarine, President of the ASTT shares a light moment with Ms Tessa Pascall of the Disability Affairs Unit of the Ministry.

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services applauds the Autistic Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ASTT) for their contributions toward assisting persons with Autism achieve their fullest potential and the Society’s advocacy for a better quality of life for persons on the Autism Spectrum. The Ministry joined the ASTT on April 2nd at Autism Place, at a function to commemorate the twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day.

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day with the goal of raising awareness of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This year’s theme for WAAD is “Assistive Technologies, Active Participation”. The theme seeks to raise awareness of the need for providing affordable assistive technologies that lessen or eradicate barriers to a better quality of life for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Delivering greetings on behalf of the Ministry was Director of the Disability Affairs Unit, Ms Sharon Rogers who indicated that the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services continues to partner with ASTT as they play a significant role in the lives of persons with autism and continue to raise awareness on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Speaking to the theme of the event “Embracing Neurodiversity and Assistive Technology Devices”, Ms Rogers indicated that the theme informs us that with the right tools, Persons with Autism can be included in society and become active participants. According to Ms Rogers “Though early diagnosis and interventions are vital, it is also necessary for both the state and private institutions to work together to ensure that provisions are made for all persons with disabilities including persons with autism.”

The MSDFS continues to equip, empower and partner with various Government agencies, NGOs and Civil Society Organisations through financial and other types of support for greater outreach to and advocacy for persons with disabilities, especially those with ASD.

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