Trinidad and Tobago Association of the Hearing Impaired celebrates 75 years

“I am heartened by the response from all of our partners and stakeholders as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary. I wish to thank you for your response and participation.”

These were some of the sentiments expressed an Executive Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of the Hearing Impaired Ms Patricia Charles delivered greetings at the Exposition hosted by the Association in celebration of their Diamond Jubilee on July 28, 2018. The event which was held under the theme “Maintaining the Legacy…Fulfilling the Mandate,” took place at the TTAHI compound on Wrightson Road, Port of Spain from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The event saw a large turnout among the membership as well as members of the public who participated in several activities, which were part of the exposition. Among the exhibitors were the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services. 

The Ministry was able to provide information to the deaf community on its various grants and services provided by the National Family Services Division, the Division of Ageing, the NGO Unit and the Ministry’s HIV Coordinating Unit. Other participating exhibitors included the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities, DEAF Empowerment, DEAF SportsTT, We Care Network, the Lions Club of Port of Spain and many others.

Among the attractions were free eye testing and hearing screening, as well as an informative presentation by Caribbean Telecommunications Union based on Assistive ICT Technology for persons with visual impairment and persons who are deaf at a call centre, which CTU is establishing as part of a pilot in the near future. Persons were also exposed to sign language demonstrations and there were items on sale from a craft market, which was hosted by the Blind Welfare Association. There were also fun activities for children like face painting, slides and a bouncy castle. Patrons were also provided with several culinary options which were on sale.

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services congratulates TTAHI on its Jubilee Anniversary and was pleased to be part of the celebrations. The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services provides an annual subvention to TTAHI to assist the organization with utility bills, salaries, programmes and activities, hosted throughout the year to empower the Deaf Community. 

The Ministry also works with TTAHI, DRETCHI and the Blind Welfare Association to facilitate Sign Language Interpreters at several Government hosted events and activities.

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