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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized mainly by social impairment and communication difficulties. It is a spectrum condition, which means that while all people with Autism share similar difficulties, their condition will affect them differently. According to the WHO, recent reviews estimate a global median prevalence of 62/10 000, that is one child in 160 has an autism spectrum disorder. In the USA, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an estimated 1 in 68 persons has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder and in the UK 1 in 100. No official statistics are known in Trinidad and Tobago.

Some people with high-functioning Autism are able to live relatively independent lives while others with moderate or low-functioning Autism may need a lifetime of family and specialist support. People on the Autism spectrum may also experience over or under sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colors as well as anxiety as they try to make sense of the world around them.


"Education is not a privilege of the rich and well-to-do; it is an inalienable right of every child. Provision of basic education free of costs is a core obligation of States." "Privatisation in education negatively affects the right to education both as entitlement and as empowerment. Moreover, it depletes public investment in education as an essential public service and can lead to abusive practices," the expert stressed, recalling his 2014 report* to the UN General Assembly.
-- Dr. Kishore Singh (India), the Special Rapporteur on the right to education since August 2010, is a professor specialized in international law who has worked for many years with UNESCO for the promotion of the right to education. Source

3rd December - International Day of Persons with Disabilities
"Persons with disabilities, "the world's largest minority", often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society. Barriers can take a variety of forms, including those relating to the physical environment or to information and communications technology (ICT), or those resulting from legislation or policy, or from societal attitudes or discrimination. The result is that persons with disabilities do not have equal access to society or services, including education, employment, health care, transportation, political participation or justice." Ref. Source

20th November - Universal Children's Day
"The Convention, which is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty, sets out a number of children's rights including the right to life, to health, to education and to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated, and to have their views heard." Ref. Source

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