Tuesday, April 23, 2024

More ‘after-school help needed’

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Individuals living with Down’s syndrome need more support after they have graduated from formal learning institutions.

President of the Barbados Down’s Syndrome Association, Asha Alleyne-Renwick, highlighted that issue yesterday, echoing the cries of parents who said that after their children reached 18, there were hardly any formal activities for them to participate in.

“We need to see the support system in place from birth when they are diagnosed, into childhood and adulthood. We do have a Development Centre and they provide physical and speech therapy and the paediatricians work with them. We would love to see something in place like a disability grant because these children require a lot of financial support and we know their therapies aren’t free outside of what is offered at the centre.

“We would also like to see an increase in support for these children especially when it comes to following them after they graduate or after school age so they aren’t just at home,” Alleyne-Renwick said. (TG)

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