Special Needs Unit

Mission

“To ensure that every person with special needs grow and develop to their full potential”

Vision

To improve the quality of life and independence of the elderly and persons living with special needs through access to dedicated residential aged care and wellness centers, assessment opportunities rehabilitative and therapeutic services and specializes learning centers.

Objectives

  1. Develop policies, criteria, procedures for all special needs programs in the Turks & Caicos Islands;
  2. Compile and maintain a National Registry of all persons with special needs with the Turks & Caicos Islands;
  3. Develop and design and programs to enhance the lives of persons residing in the Centers upholding their dignity and pride in a friendly, caring and comforting environment;
  4. Provide therapeutic programs (occupational and speech/language);
  5. Liaise with government department and civic organizations in the recreation and enhancement for persons with special needs;
  6. Increase the public understanding and awareness of persons with special needs;
  7. Develop a support network for families of special needs persons throughout the islands;

Services and Programs

1. SNAP Center

Motto: “I am a Promise and a Possibility”

The Special Needs Association of Providenciales (SNAP) Center provides intellectual and life skills opportunities for children and young persons with disabilities. Ages 4 -20

2. Wellness Centers

Motto: “Upholding Pride and dignity in a comfortable environment.”

The Wellness Centers are designed to provide twenty-four hour care to vulnerable persons (elderly/special needs) who may not have immediate relatives to provide adequate care, protection and lacks financial resources to access care.

The Centers are also transitional centers for the elderly and special needs persons that require additional medical care after being discharged from the Hospital for a period to be determined by management of the Special Needs Unit and a medical practitioner.

Persons are accepted on a priority and availability basis.

There are two (2) Centers one (1) in Grand Turk providing services for the elderly and special needs and one in South Caicos for the elderly.

3. Therapeutic Services (Visiting)

  • Speech/Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Behavioral Therapist
  • Neuro-Psychologist

Day of Observance

21st March World Day of Down Syndrome Day
2nd April World Autism Awareness Day
15th June World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
1st October International Day of the Older Persons
3rd December   International Day of Persons with Disabilities

 

Special Needs Unit Staff

Name of Employees

Position

Island

Program

Betty-Ann Been

Director

Grand Turk

Special Needs Unit

Norean Lightbour McKoy

Program Officer

South Caicos

Special Needs Unit

Jacqueline Garland

Secretary

Grand Turk

Special Needs Unit

Alexia Durham

Supervisor

Grand Turk

Special Needs Unit

Prestianna Cox

Deputy Supervisor

South Caicos

Wellness Center

Alicia Glinton

Clinical Nurse

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Yvette Ainsley

Clinical Nurse

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Angelina Malclom

Clinical Nurse

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Martika Boyce

Clinical Nurse

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Shakita Missick

Clinical Nurse

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Oliana Dorastin

Client Care Assistant

South Caicos

Wellness Center

Ismay Seymour

Client Care Assistant

South Caicos

Wellness Center

Kenricka Forbes

Client Care Assistant

South Caicos

Wellness Center

Lakeybra Goldman

Client Care Assistant

South Caicos

Wellness Center

Kandia Howell

Client Care Assistant

South Caicos

Wellness Center

Lucinda Brown

Client Care Assistant

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Lorna Missick

Client Care Assistant

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Derecha Robinson

Client Care Assistant

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Dianne Skippings

Client Care Assistant

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Cherrybelle Smith

Client Care Assistant

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Lolita Williams

Client Care Assistant

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Marilyn Williams

Client Care Assistant

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Szeneka K. Williams

Client Care Assistant

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Carolean Rigby

Client Care Assistant

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Angela Garcia

Client Care Assistant

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Anya Robinson

Client Care Assistant

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Sheryl Patterson

Special Ed Teacher

Providenciales

SNAP CENTER

Paulette Simmons

Teacher

Providenciales

SNAP CENTER

Shaniqua Morgan

Assistant Teacher

Providenciales

SNAP CENTER

Helena Dean

Head Cook

South Caicos

Wellness Center

Sandra Ducanson

Cook

South Caicos

Wellness Center

Abertha Adams

Cook

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Denise Prince

Cook (Supervisor)

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Pamela Brown

Maid

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Adrian Ginette Coleman

Maid

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Leondra Harvey

Maid

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Kevar Forbes

Maid

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Charite Pierre

Maid

South Caicos

Wellness Center

Arimilda Higgs

Maid

South Caicos

Wellness Center

Orvin Williams

Porter

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Rohan Parker

Porter

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Taran Handfield

Porter

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Lee Harvey

Porter

Grand Turk

Wellness Center

Glenroy Wilson

Porter

South Caicos

Wellness Center

Wendell Seymour

Porter

South Caicos

Wellness Center