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December 7, 2013
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CDA staff trained to care for the disabled

The Child Development Agency (CDA) is boosting the capacity of workers in childcare facilities to serve children with disabilities. The agency recently partnered with the Nathan Ebanks Foundation to provide training for 20 staff members from residential childcare facilities islandwide.

The course was designed to help teachers and administrators understand cognitive, developmental, and learning disabilities, how these disabilities affect learning and achievement, and provided a tool kit of practical easy-to-implement strategies to boost learning.

Acting CEO of the Child Development Agency Rosalee Gage-Grey said that the agency is committed to building the capacity of its officers to serve the children in state care with special needs.

Currently, there are approximately 600 children in state care who suffer from various forms of disabilities.

"Our goal is to enhance the possibilities of children with disabilities," Gage-Grey said, adding that the agency had been taking significant steps to develop programmes and policies that improve the way this most vulnerable population of children is served.

The Nathan Banks Foundation was founded in 2007 by Christine Staple-Ebanks, the mother of Nathan, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age nine months.

The foundation is a registered non-profit, centred on children and youth with disabilities and special-education needs. Its mission is to ensure that children with disabilities and special needs are given access, resources, and the opportunities to be included in life.

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