October 7, 2015, Castries St. Lucia; Digicel, the region’s leading telecommunications provider and a company with a deep social conscience is supporting the first ever Saint Lucia Autism Awareness Conference. Digicel’s support to the Special Needs Community across the region has been extensive and with Autism increasingly becoming a growing epidemic, Digicel is assisting in the promotion of Autism awareness to the St. Lucian community.
The Saint Lucia Autism Awareness Conference which is scheduled for Saturday October 17th, will take place at the St. Joseph’s Convent from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. The conference will seek to emphasize the importance of early intervention, provide support and resources for families, identify the needs of families and educators dealing with individuals with autism and also educate families and persons in the community on strategies for managing behaviors of individuals with autism.
Organizer of the event Dr. Delia Samuel, a parent of two young autistic boys, in commenting on the initiative said, “My hope is that the hosting of this Autism Conference will provides an opportunity for assistance for families, caregivers and educators of those special ones such as financial support, training, rehabilitative and health care services and that our St. Lucian society will have a deeper awareness and appreciation for those challenged individuals.” Dr. Samuel added further “Unfortunately, as a country, St. Lucia lacks the awareness and resources that persons need to effectively care for children with autism. I believe the wealth of information which will be provided at the conference will be a step in the right direction for us as a country in addressing this growing epidemic.”
Marketing and Communications Executive at Digicel in speaking on Digicel’s continued support for the special needs community said, “At Digicel the famous quote by Dr. Temple Grandin “I am different, not less” is the philosophy on which we continue to support and invest in the development of the Special Needs Community . With the increasingly alarming rate of Autism cases, we believe it is absolutely imperative that our St. Lucian community be educated on how we deal with this disorder collectively and ensure that as a society, we provide equal opportunity for children and families affected by autism. We are therefore more than happy to partner with the organizers of the St. Lucian Autism Awareness conference to assist in educating the masses on such a grave issue. “
The conference is open to participation by all sections of the society, persons are encouraged to come be part of a revolutionary approach on how we best address Autism as a country.