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Trinidad and Tobago is at least
"30 to 40 years" behind countries
such as the United Kingdom when
it comes to addressing the educa-
tion needs of persons affected by
Some affected persons, one expert
argues, also needlessly occupy space
at the St Ann s Psychiatric Hospi-
tal.These conclusions come from
autism specialist, Meghan Lee-
Waterman, who is behind an
upcoming seminar on autism aware-
ness and the availability of "bene-
ficial therapies" in T&T.
"In comparison to the UK, we are
30 to 40 years behind in our edu-
cation system for special needs,"
Lee-Waterman told the Guardian.
"In the last decade or so there has
been increased interest in developing
training programmes in special edu-
cation," she added, "but there is still
a need for experienced and qualified
teachers to run these programmes."
Only last week, the US Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) released statistics showing
that autism now affects one in 68
Autism is defined by the experts
as a complex brain disorder char-
acterised by difficulties in social
interaction, verbal and non-verbal
communication and repetitive
said, "we do not have any statistics
on the number of persons with
autism living in Trinidad and Toba-
go." Knowledge of this, she said, was
important because "the greater the
promotion of awareness, the greater
the chance of early intervention in
terms of education and therapies."
"This condition not only affects
the individual but also the family
members as their lives will perma-
nently be affected and changed,"
"I suspect many cases of individ-
uals with autism have been gravely
misdiagnosed over the years thus
filling up the psychiatric ward in St
Ann s," she added. "With better
awareness comes the increased
chance to help those diagnosed and
to strive to assist them to become
as independent as possible."
"In a country like Trinidad and
Tobago," the autism expert said,
"there is a great need to promote
autism awareness as there is a vast
lack of understanding about this
neurological condition which affects
children of any and every ethnic
World Autism Awareness Day is
being observed on Wednesday.
Minister of National Diversity and
Social Integration Rodger Samuel
yesterday encouraged members of
the Baptist faith to do their part to
make sure morals and ethics are
restored in society.
Samuel was speaking to the mem-
bers of the Shouter Baptist commu-
nity at the Queen s Park Savannah,
at the National Congress of Incor-
porated Baptist Organisation s Spir-
itual/Shouter Baptist Liberation Day
The Grand Stand shook with their
exuberance as they danced and
jumped and waved to the beat of
drums being played.
Samuel, who addressed the crowd,
said he was not sure if he was invited
in the capacity as the Member of
Parliament or a Minister of the
"One is far more permanent than
the other and the Minister of Gov-
ernment takes a back seat. When I
am addressing you, I may undress
you. I may go beyond your regalia so
that the true Baptist will stand up.
"But liberation is not just the abil-
ity to do what you want. The free-
what is right," he said.
He said all were answerable to
God, including leaders.
"We have to give an account. How
are we going to deal with this life?
I am calling for the dawning of a
new era, a new time to make sure
the nation is restored, that ethics is
restored and morals are restored."
"You got to build and focus on
what we have been liberated for. You
have been freed for what is ahead
of you. Are we doing what he lib-
erated us to do?" he asked.
man held on
Police have arrested a 25-year-
old Point Fortin man who was
armed with an illegal Smith and
Wesson revolver with one round
of live ammunition.
The man, of #1 Pangola Road,
Point Fortin is expected to appear
before a San Fernando magistrate
tomorrow morning to answer
firearm and ammunition charges.
Police reports state that around
11.45pm Friday PC Watson, PC
George and PC Teesdale when to
Carlton Lane, San Fernando when
they stopped the 25-year-old man
and searched him.
The officers found a Smith and
Wesson revolver containing one live
round .38 ammunition. The man
was arrested and taken to San Fer-
nando police station. He is expected
to be charged and taken before a
magistrate tomorrow morning.
for possession of
An Erin labourer, who was
arrested with a live iguana, will
appear before a Siparia magistrate
tomorrow morning charged with
having the protected animal in his
Police reports stated that on Fri-
day around 5pm officers, led by PC
Tajoo, were on patrol along Thomas
Trace, Erin when they observed the
man behaving suspiciously.
As the officers approached the
man, who also lives at Thomas
Trace, he began to run.
Officers gave chase and held him
a short distance away.
They found the live iguana in
knapsack he had with him.
The officers have the live iguana
at station, which will be taken to
court as evidence. The hunting of
wildlife is illegal, Environment Min-
ister Ganja Singh has instituted a
two-moratorium on hunting.
Waterman-Lee says she
hopes Saturday's seminar,
entitled "The Missing Puzzle
Piece", will assist in raising
awareness among a wide cross-
section of professionals and
other citizens on the issue of
It takes place from 8 a.m. at
Cascadia Hotel in St Ann's and
includes presentations by
specialists such as Drs Jasmine
Roopnarine and Prith
Bahadursingh, Analisa Wittet,
Gean Marie Sheppard, Donella
Rodriguez-Laird, Sirlon George,
Jeanne Sabga-Aboud and
• Interested persons can
contact Lee-Waterman at
299-4297 or Rodriguez-Laird
T&T trailing on autism education
Samuel: Bring back morals
MARKING EARTH HOUR
Patriot Archbishop of Grenada John Noel,left, Patriot Archbishop of Trinidad
Stephen Julien and Archbishop Terrence Gill at the Spiritual/Shouter Baptist
Liberation Day celebrations at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain
yesterday. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
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