The partnership and inter-departmental collaboration in the TCI Public Service is essential to promoting cohesiveness and continued progress in initiatives undertaken by TCI public offices. One of the most important collaboration between departments in government that is needed to provide an essential service is the cooperation between the Special Needs Unit and the Department of Education in regards to Individuals with Special Needs .
In a previous press release, the Ministry of Health welcomed to the TCI, a clinical team from 1 World Foundation; an international non-profit charitable corporation comprised of volunteers from New York and Ontario. The Mission of 1 World Foundation is to assist government, private agencies, and persons with special needs through the provision of clinical, special education, administrative and training services. Additionally the team is scheduled to be in Grand Turk April 18th -20th 2018.
To this end, the Director of the Special Needs Unit, Ms. Betty-Ann Been and the Education Officer for Special Needs, Mr. Jasmin S. Walkin have organized a special joint PTA between Ona Glinton and Eliza Simmons Primary Schools for Wednesday April 18 at 3:30pm to be held at the HJ Robinson High School. This joint PTA is being held to facilitate a presentation by Dr. Jean and George Ryan on the topic “Developmental Delays in Children”. The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education are encouraging all parents, teachers and stakeholders to attend this meeting as the information being shared is critical to identify, diagnosing and intervening in the developmental delays in children.
Both ministries understand the importance of early diagnosis and intervention as it will have a significant impact on how government and its respective departments can provide essential services to Individuals with Special Needs. Hence, parents and teachers being informed about this topic is very important as we continue to make progress in the development of Special Education in the Turks & Caicos Islands.