Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 14th 2013 Contents A28
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Sayers on Fuad's call for charges:
They can't stop me
A $295 set of tablets can cure cancer? If people are that gullible
they need more than herbs!
I think the issue here is a standards bureau to check and maintain
what these people are packaging and selling.
Sick people turn to all kinds of cure/caregivers in time of need.
What the government needs to do is set standards to check up on
and regulariae the self-proclaimed healers.
Right on, Trevor! You write your own rules!
This may not be the best approach to resolving this herbal "cure-
all-illnesses" problem but at least the minister has taken some long
over due action!
Previous administrations were certainly inactive in this regard!
He's "not afraid of anything?" Should anyone consider risking
their health or their money with a person seemingly not too bright
Missing patient found dead in drain---
Widow sues Sando hospital for negligence
Good for you Mrs Leacock. Good to see someone finally
empowered enough to fight for our right to good health care.
Teenager dies on operating table
When is the Government of T&T going to install CCTV in these
areas? How is it that this sort of barbaric behaviour is allowed to
continue? This was my great-nephew
Browne: Khan's comments 'insensitive'
People have to first know their rights and start suing these
"Iam in a season of my life
right now where I feel bone-
tired almost all of the time,"
wrote Steve Wiens on HuffPost in
an article called To Parents of
Small Children: Let Me Be the
One Who Says It Out Loud.
eyes burning exhausted." Wiens,
the father of three boys aged five
and under, added that "there are
also many moments when I have
no idea how I m going to make it
until their bedtime. The constant
demands, the needs and the
fighting are fingernails across the
chalkboard every single day."
His children do not have special
needs---a term that refers to peo-
ple with physical or mental dis-
On the other hand, T&T musi-
cian, songwriter, novelist and
filmmaker Francis Escayg does
have a son with special needs.
Francis wrote to me in an e-
mail, "I was angry for a long
time and didn t even realise that I
was angry. I was angry at God,
angry at a system that provided
no support or early intervention,
angry at friends and family who
want you to come out and lime. I
was angry when my wife, who
gave up everything to be with
him 24 hours a day, got burnt
out after three years. I had to put
down everything, including my
first film and my published
novella, to take over with him, so
she could catch her breath. Life
was moving very fast at that
time. I had invested a lot into
what I believed would form part
of our new future. But I had no
choice. I had to let that go.
"Life changed the day I stopped
and began experiencing the world
in slow motion. I saw his beauti-
ful spirit frustrated as he tried to
communicate through a body that
didn t obey. I cried. My heart
broke. Over and over again. Then
I asked myself what would hap-
pen to Isaiah when I died. That
question started a new journey."
Francis, with his wife Laura
Pierre-Escayg, has started an ini-
tiative to help families like theirs
with special-needs children.
"Cause An Effect is a non-profit,
cause-related media and market-
ing company that exists to create
content in multiple formats and
media, both online and offline, to
sensitise, educate and transform
our understanding of disabilities,"
the organisation s media kit says.
"The company [...] grew natu-
rally out of research into a long-
term goal to build sustainable
assisted-living communities for
persons with special needs, where
they can work, earn an income
and live a life with dignity and
respect. Without a well-designed
foundation of education and
awareness, and community-build-
ing and networking for a com-
mon good, efforts toward inclu-
sion may not easily gain traction
and support. We believe that cre-
ating content and sustained
awareness campaigns will lay the
best type of foundation for the
sustainable integration of persons
with disabilities into our society
and will provide us with a greater
understanding of the challenges
faced by such persons in our
He wrote to me, "There must
be a process that transforms
opinions and beliefs and influ-
ences value systems to build
empathy and a greater under-
standing about life and our dif-
ferences as human beings. That
process will help the work gain
better traction and support.
"We believe that this must be
done through sustained awareness
and education campaigns that
will lay the foundation in re-cul-
turing our society to build empa-
thy and that greater understand-
ing that we speak about. That
can have a positive ripple effect
in our emotional and spiritual
development as a people and
society and transform our under-
standing in every area of life."
It is an ambitious undertaking,
especially since Cause An Effect
also seeks to affect the relation-
ship between the corporate world
and NGOs to make not-for-profit
organisations more sustainable.
"We will be supporting NGOs
to help them maximise their
impact. The private sector and
government also need to do a lot
more in matters of building our
humanity and partnering with
NGOs, instead of easing their
conscience through charitable
giving alone. We can t afford to
ignore it any longer. When this
foundation is set and becomes
more integrated in our culture, we
will experience transformation
and it is not as overwhelming or
difficult as we perceive it to be."
Escayg and Laura will launch
Cause An Effect at an event at
the Little Carib Theatre, Wood-
brook, on May 19 at 6 pm. Laura,
a noted singer, will perform at
the event. To find out more about
Cause An Effect, go to: causean-
CAUSE AN EFFECT TO HELP
SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
LISA ALLEN AGOSTINI
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