January 2017

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In Trinidad and Tobago, similarly around the world, persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from participating fully and effectively as equal members of society. On December 2, the staff of the Student Life and Development Department (SLDD, and formerly ASDLU), celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) in recognition and in celebration of our students with disabilities. SLDD is a department in the Division of Student Services and Development (DSSD)

The IDPD has been commemorated since 1992 to promote awareness and mobilise support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. This year’s theme was “achieving 17 goals for the future we want.”

The day was commemorated with an informational booth which was located at the SLDD office at the Heart Ease car park. The public was provided with information on disabilities as well as the services of the Department. Staff and students also visited a number of car park on the campus to distribute flyers on the importance of the provision of reserved car park spaces for persons with disabilities in an effort to prevent the indiscriminate use of these spaces on a daily basis.