Special Education Services in Trinidad and Tobago

 

Special education is the provision of education for students with disabilities. Special education is most effective when a student's special needs are recognised, diagnosed and accommodated as early as possible.  Special education is coordinated through the Student Support Services (SSS) Division of the Ministry of Education, which has the responsibility for Special Education throughout Trinidad and Tobago. The SSS provides:

  • Auditory and visual screening
  • Physical health intervention
  • Psychomotor evaluation
  • Diagnosis and remediation of learning and behavioural problems

The Division also provides support for physically and sensory challenged students, parental and family awareness and teacher education. Teams of service providers that include special education teachers, school psychologists, guidance officers, and school social workers have been placed throughout the school system to provide the most comprehensive services available.

In order to qualify for services, a child must require special education and related services due to his or her different abilities and learning style.  In general, children with any of the following are eligible for Special Education:

  • Autism
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Mental retardation
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Specific learning disability
  • Speech or language impairments
  • Hearing impairments including deafness
  • Visual impairment, including blindness and partially sighted
  • Orthopaedic impairment
  • Other health impairment
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Developmental delay

The goal of special education is to provide every child the opportunity to achieve his or her highest potential. Contact the Special Education Unit of SSS to find out about approved special education schools in your area.

Special Education Unit
Student Support Services Division (SSSD)
37 Wrightson Road,
Port of Spain.
Tel: (868) 625-9087, (868) 624-5015, (868) 624-7301

Opening hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

 

List of Special Schools in Trinidad and Tobago

Association for the Deaf, Scarborough

Tel: 639-3582

 

Aspirare Learning Community

Principal: Mr. Joel Chryskarsten

HeadTeacher: Mr. Selwyn Paul Chryskarsten

Email: aspirarelearningcommunity@gmail.com         

#11 Forres Avenue Cocoyea Village, San Fernando

Tel: 798-6668

 

Association for Development Education    

7 Cassia Drive, Petit Valley

Tel: 633-0112

 

Audrey Jeffers Schools for the Deaf          

Gopaul Lands, Marabella

Tel: 658-5479

 

Charis Works Christian Academy 

Orange Grove Road, Tacarigua

Tel: 640-4640

 

Eche's Private School           

105 Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook

Tel: 622-7206

 

Goodwill Industries of the West Indies (Trinidad)

Chief Executive Officer: Barbara Olumide-Alleyne 

9 Fitz Blackman Drive, Wrightson Road Extension, Port of Spain

Tel: 625-8867

 

Immortelle Children's Centre         

34 Duke Street, Port Of Spain

 

LIFE Centre - Learning Is For Everyone

172 Theodore Hertzell Avenue, Petit Valley

Tel: 223-9736

 

KWAIS (Keisha Welcome and Associates Intervention Services) & KWAIS Children’s Foundation

10 Robertson Street, San Fernando

Tel: 289-0915/786-4513

 

Lady Hochoy Homes

Lady Hochoy Circle, Cocorite

Tel: 622-4714/622-4495

 

National Centre for Persons With Disabilities Ltd           

7-21 New Street, San Fernando

Tel: 652-4880

 

New Beginnings Learning Center  

#7 Cassia Drive, Petit Valley

Tel: 633-0112

 

Pointe A Pierre Government Special School         

Bon Aventure Park, Pointe A Pierre

Tel: 658-4293

 

Princess Elizabeth School    

101-103 Ariapita Avenue, Port Of Spain

Tel: 627-8176

 

Trinidad & Tobago National Association for Down Syndrome  

2 Sydenham Avenue, St Ann’s

 

Wharton Patrick School      

2A Sydenham Avenue, St Ann's

Tel: 623-1226

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