Raise Your Voice doubling down on Special Needs Assessment claims

Advocacy Group, Raise Your Voice has called on the government to provide the names of the doctor who will be providing services under the program for the Assessment of Special Needs Children.

The group made the call one day after the government denied its claims that the program was discontinued.

In a statement released today, Raise your Voice said: “We are happy to know the Government of Saint Lucia via the Ministry of Health & Wellness has deemed it important and necessary to continue with a program which provided professional pediatric assessment to children with special needs.”

“We encourage the Government of Saint Lucia to furnish the public, specifically parents with special needs children, the names and credentials of the new doctors who have been employed to replace the previous consultant, along with their schedule to provide services at the islands thirty-three (33) health centers, also the Dennery and Soufriere Hospitals respectively,” the statement went on to say.

Raise Your Voice, a breakaway faction of the ruling United Workers Party, said the information is urgently required so parents and guardians of special needs children can get assessment and reports for the upcoming school semester in a timely manner.

The government yesterday criticized Raise Your Voice as being irresponsible, after the group claimed that the program had been discontinued.

“As responsible members of society, we all need to be more concerned about the type of information we spread in our narrow pursuits, because this type of false information has implications for the Ministry of Health, parents of special needs children and how we are perceived regionally and internationally,” said Senior Communications Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, Nicole Mc Donald.


  1. Serious
    August 3, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Some people are best described as Freelance Troublemakers. They source funds from individuals and organizations, locally and elsewhere, to undertake mischief. Causing mayhem in a civilized country is the sole objective. I say it’s time to lower their voice.

  2. Anonymous
    August 3, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I feel for the Minister who have a special need child. You are insensitive. Now you are asking a bunch of stupid questions. Irrelevant.

  3. Anonymous
    August 3, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Why do you’ll keep daying ST Lucia is a country.ST Lucia is an Island with water al around it.Troump could say he is the leader of a Great Country. Whats up with that

  4. Anonymous
    August 3, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Correction here……..Trump……all……saying

  5. Jabal
    August 3, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Country – noun coun·try \ˈkən-trē\
    the land of a person’s birth, residence, or citizenship; a political state or nation or its territory.

    If you were not bright in St Lucia ….and you went to America….. and you marry somebody ……..and get papers… and you have an immigrant accent…. YOU STILL NOT BRIGHT!!!!!!!

  6. Anonymous
    August 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    As a parent of a child with special needs I am adding my voice to the call on information being relayed to the public on where to access these services and from whom. My concern is not the island’s perception out there but on my child’s needs. Its extremely difficult dealing with a child with a special need and not having access to resources is even worse

    1. Anonymous
      August 3, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Making roro can’t cause you to win and election

  7. Anonymous
    August 3, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Didn’t the communique from the Senior Communications Officer said she could have easily contacted the Ministry of Health for the necessary information – why doesn’t she do that or anyone else do that ?? Why ?? Instead of this press release???? Smh

  8. No Nonsense
    August 4, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I think, the same way in which they said Dr. Bird, would not be continuing in the same breath they could have said who would be taking over. Dont tell me that the government took this decision without hiring somebody else, or considering another alternative?!

  9. Anonymous
    August 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Raise Your Voice, a breakaway faction of the ruling United Workers Party. LOL. there you have it.