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Technology can play a key role in the lives of
people with disabilities, says Minister of the People
and Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh.
He spoke yesterday at the unveiling ceremony of
the new sign for the T&T Association for the Hearing
Impaired (TTAHI) on Wrightson Road, Port of Spain.
"We live in an integrated, modernised world," said
Ramadharsingh, who spoke of treating the disabled
community as "not objects of charity...but subjects
of rights and active members of society."
The minister referred to the 2006 UN Convention
on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, which
deals with the protection of the human rights of
those with disabilities and set the tone for the inter-
national standards that T&T had pledged to uphold.
The association is expected to carry out a series
of upgrades to the building, including plans for expan-
sion into another wing, and technological advances.
Ramadharsingh said what was envisaged was "a
smart building, not necessarily a large one," but with
the technology to give optimal care to people on the
spectrum of hearing impairment.
TTAHI, the main link between the Government
and the hearing impaired community, offers a variety
of services, including educational testing of deaf stu-
dents for placement in schools and tests for fitting
hearing aids, as well as visual reinforcement and
auditory stimulation programmes.
Almarie Jacque, TTAHI director and operations
manager, said the auditory programmes depend
heavily on a relatively noise-free environment, and
thanked the ministry for providing a noise attenuation
wall to counter the noise pollution from the traffic
on Wrightson Road.
Ramadharsingh also noted the publication of the
first sign language dictionary including terms of T&T
dialect and culture.
Properties chairman of TTAHI Thomas George
said the unveiling of the sign was not just a mundane
activity, but "a sentimental part of what we do here,"
at the Diagnostic Research Educational and Thera-
peutic Centre for the Hearing Impaired (Dretchi).
The sign is part of TTAHI s initiative "to fulfil the
mandate of serving the hearing-impaired community
and bringing the facility up to international standards,"
Since the 1942 formation of the T&T Association
in Aid of the Deaf, the community has made many
strides towards providing optimal care for the hearing
impaired, said George, who detailed the historical
advances of the community, including the opening
of the Cascade School for the Deaf in 1945 and the
current Dretchi centre s opening in 1991.
Junior minister Vernella Alleyne-Toppin assured
TTAHI that the ministry would put some of its
resources to the service of the organisation and its
"The sky is the limit for your achievements," she
"We can no longer sit around and pretend that
the issues affecting the differently abled are not real,
and capable of affecting us all," said Ramadharsingh.
President Anthony Camona,
second from right, poses for
a photo with delegates from
the Republic of Uganda
yesterday during their
courtesy call at the office of
the President. Delegates
from left left are: His
Highness Prince of Bunyoro
Kingdon John Majugo and
His Majesty Solomon Iguru,
King of Bunyoro Kingsom. At
right is High Commissioner of
T&T to Uganda Patrick
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
T&T'S PRESIDENT MEETS UGANDAN ROYALTY
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