Youth and disability

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  •  Countries in the Caribbean have taken several measures and initiatives to address the specific problems of persons living with disabilities. One such initiative is the Charter of Civil Society for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). It was adopted in February 1997 by the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community. After you have made your contributions, I will share with you, a real testimony from a differently abled person, residing here in Trinidad.
  • Student recapping session : Youth and Disability  There are several types of disability as outlined by the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) (Liverpool City Council, 2007):
  • Psychiatric - affects a person’s thinking processes (for example, obsessive compulsive disorders, schizophrenia)
  • Neurological - results in the loss of some bodily or mental functions (for example, Parkinson’s diseases, Alzheimer’s, spina bifida)
  • Disability can be Physical - affects a person’s mobility or dexterity (for example a paraplegic)
  • Sensory - affects a person’s ability to hear or see (for example loss of hearing, loss of sight)
  • Intellectual - affects a person’s ability to learn (for example, Down’s Syndrome, dyslexia)
  • Hi. I am Thomas. I reside in Trinidad and Tobago. I was involved in a terrible accident when I was younger, and I am now paralyzed from my waist down. I have always loved basketball, and this sometimes hindered my ability to engage in sports, as I was not permitted to play because of my teacher's fear of me damaging myself, or I was sometimes even seen as "not normal" or ' not good enough" by my peers.
  • I wrote the S.E.A examinations and passed for Trinity College East, where i was presented equal opportunities in all fields of endeavor and was allowed to develop my full potential and was given the opportunity to play for the school. I was not judged or discriminated and it also assisted in respecting my human dignity so as to enjoy a life as normal and full as possible
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