Aleron Limited is a proud benefactor of the Autism Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ASTT) – a non-governmental and registered charitable organization established in May 1990. The ASTT has its headquarters, Autism Place located at #5 Ragoo Road, off Eastern Main Road, D’Abadie and has committed to working with families to help loved ones diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to achieve their fullest potential through education, training and advocacy for affordable and appropriate quality services. We at Aleron Limited were surprised at the statistics regarding how many children are diagnosed with ASD in Trinidad and Tobago and decided to do our part to assist those who cannot afford to do for themselves.
Treating ASD is an expensive proposition and Trinidad and Tobago is not yet in a position to appropriately and adequate cater to the needs of those diagnosed with the condition. Regular speech and occupational therapy fees are prohibitively expensive for many in the low-income bracket of our population and they are in desperate need of assistance. The best ways to treat with ASD are firstly early diagnosis and secondly, quality health care in the appropriate environment. First world countries like the USA, Canada and the UK have highly trained specialists attached to the schools and programmes in place to treat those with the condition. Many people have successfully passed through those programmes and have integrated very well into society as a result. In Trinidad and Tobago we still have some way to go before we can claim similar results.
Parents in this position are left with difficult decisions regarding their kids and some are forced to leave their jobs and live off a single income in order to care for them. Our ultimate goal is to work alongside the other major sponsors and hopefully one day the proceeds can accumulate enough to open a state-of-the-art special needs school with a team of internationally trained specialists and teachers that will bring hope to parents who are frustrated over the fact that their children cannot be accepted into a regular school.