WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY

Both the TCI Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education recognizes today as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March; a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

 

Let us as a country join hands, minds and with love celebrate, recognize, support and create our own national voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and holistic development of all individuals among us with Down Syndrome.

 

Down Syndrome is a congenital disorder arising from a chromosome defect, causing intellectual impairment and physical abnormalities. It arises from a defect involving chromosome 21, usually an extra copy (trisomy -21).

 

Five Facts on Down Syndrome:

1.            Children with Down syndrome do best in an inclusive learning environment, and typical kids do best when they learn about diversity, kindness, and friendship at an early age. Inclusive classrooms teach and benefit all kids;

2.            In 1983, the average life expectancy of a person with Down Syndrome was a mere 25 years old. Today, it’s 60;

3.            People with Down syndrome contribute to their families, their schools, their co-workers, their employers, and society;

4.            People with Down syndrome are beautiful;

5.            A person’s facial features do not determine cognitive ability. Just because someone has many of the characteristic physical feature of Down syndrome does not mean they have a lower Intelligence Quotient (IQ). Just because someone has soft features of Down syndrome does not mean their IQ is higher.

 

Although there are less than 8 persons with Down Syndrome registered in the Turks & Caicos Islands, our aim is to enable people with Down Syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action to provided essential services for these special individuals. Additionally, the Special Needs Unit Director Ms. Betty-Ann Been and Education Officer-Special Needs Mr. Jasmin S. Walkin are committed with the support of their respective ministries to advocate for the education and successful inclusion of these individuals in our community here in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

 

Sevenly states, “When you judge someone based on a diagnosis you miss out on their abilities beauty and uniqueness”.

 

Let us be our brother keepers and take time out to show genuine love to persons with Down Syndrome.

 

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Premier Robinson Welcomes Mount Bay

"I have now been informed that the requested UK Ship is in our waters. We are pleased that the British Government has responded positively to a request from TCI's Government to provide immediate assistance in maritime coverage. We note the several releases over the past few days of the Governor's Office and wish to remind of our other requests: manpower and a sustainable approach and way forward.  We will as promised identify ways to receive ideas from our people in a secured fashion and will continue the successful efforts of Operation Guardian.

TCI with its wide coastline requires much resources and this bolstering of patrol at this time is much needed together with regional and other international support.  We continue active discussions with the Bahamas on how its Defense Force can assist.  We are also pleased to welcome the aerial support also now in country.  These brazen attacks are in my view an attack on the UK's Sovereignty and  it must do more in a sustainable way to fulfill its constitutional mandate for external and internal security. We encourage residents to not harbour or employ any undocumented individual.

We will strictly enforce the laws and will deal with any and all culprits to its fullest extent.  Whilst we bolster patrol, upgrade our Radar, carry out special operations, we ask residents to remain vigilant and to report all suspicious activities and individuals.”

ENDS

World Social Work Day

The month of March is observed as Social Work month and the 20th March is set aside as World Social Work Day. 

 

The theme "Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability" is running its second and final year as part of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development. This gives us an opportunity to showcase and spotlight our profession. 

 

The 20th March is a day that social workers worldwide will celebrate the achievements of the profession and take the theme message into their communities, workplaces and government to raise awareness of the social work contribution and the need for further action. 

 

The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) Secretary General Rory Truell said; "Each year World Social Work Day expands. We see people that use social services and community members side by side with social workers highlighting important issues of Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development. The Global Agenda has bound social workers together globally as advocates of social justice and transformation that enhance social, human and Environmental rights."

 

Social workers are the fabric that keeps a society connected. We are resourceful, helpful, dependable, well organized, compassionate and considerate people.  We empathize with people's situations. We are solution focus and work from a strengths based perspective. We meet the client where they are. We are active listeners and are good with reframing and redirecting. 

 

Social workers can be found in hospitals. Schools and universities, community based agencies, government departments working with diverse people of all populations from babies to elderly. We are faced with and address a wide range of social ills including poverty, teenage pregnancy, juvenile justice, child abuse and protection, foster care, parole, probation etc. 

 

Many say that Social Workers are called.  They are chosen from a special bunch.  Their gratification and compensation is in seeing the daily challenges in the community being conquered and this is many times even more satisfying than any financial benefit or recognition.

 

Today we pay special attention to Social Workers around the world and here locally on the TCI. 

 

Stand up for justice; 

Stand up for unity;

Stand up against your biggest fear. 

 

The world will always have social issues and therefore our profession is irreplaceable and necessary. Cheers to all Socials Worker. Together we stand. Together we will achieve.