Autism T&T disappointed, as MOE fails to highlight how kids with special needs will be educated

Autism T&T disappointed, as MOE fails to highlight how kids with special needs will be educated

The founder of Support Autism T&T, is calling on the Minister of Education to deal with the educational needs of children with special needs.

Dr Radica Mahase said Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly revealed her plan for the new academic year under COVID-19 restrictions during a press conference in Port-of-Spain Friday, but failed to include special needs children in her rollout plans.

She said “It is very sad that the minister did not even acknowledge students with special needs in her address. For the most part, children with special needs do not have equal access to education opportunities here in Trinidad and Tobago and for the minister to give a press conference and not even mention this part of the student population doesn’t look too good.”

She told Guardian media that she hopes this is not a sign that the education of children with special needs will continue to be neglected.

Mahase is now calling on the minister to hold a consultation for NGOs advocating for special needs inclusion to discuss ways to move forward. “We reiterate that every single child with special needs deserves to have equal access to education and we hope that equal consideration will be given to them.”

Mahase, who founded the group in 2014 after her autistic nephew Rahul failed to get adequate support from within the education system, said she was hopeful that the new Government will consider the needs of autistic children.

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