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Social Integration of Persons with Disabilities Awareness Campaign wins a Silver Addy Award for best integrated advertising campaign in the Caribbean

We are pleased to announce that our CKFTO/NCPD Repsol sponsored Social Integration of Persons with Disabilities Awareness Campaign won a Silver Addy Award for best integrated campaign in the Public Service Category of The Caribbean Advertising Federation American Advertising Awards 2014.

This year's Awards had a record 769 entries across all categories from 45 different countries. The competition's judges were Mike Weber, President of CMR Studios, Florida, USA and Tony Pearman, CEO and CCO of Access Advertising and PR in Virginia, USA. Both are former Addy Awards Chairmen and in-demand judges for numerous advertising awards competitions.

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Kaleidodash 5k run in colour in the Savannah

On 13th October Digicel put on the first of its kind Kaleidodash which was a 5k run in colour in the Savannah. CKFTO had a booth and also took part in the 5K run. We registered 67 people for CKFTO and 22 of Digicel’s employees chose CKFTO as their organisation to represent for the race. We had the largest number representing an organisation! in the end a Digicel employee won the race and purse for us!

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Supporting Teachers of Children with Therapeutic Needs in Schools II

Our Teacher Training Workshop entitled “Supporting Teachers of Children with Therapeutic Needs in Schools II” held on Thursday August 15, 2013 and Friday August 16, 2013 at the Normandie Hotel, St. Ann’s was attended by 53 educators.

Based on the feedback from the successful 2011 Teacher Workshop, CKFTO developed a 2013 Teacher’s Workshop, with a more concentrated focus on hands on skills and tools to assist with effectively and efficiently teaching children with special needs. This seminar was again endorsed by the Ministry of Education. The 2013 Teacher Workshop aim was to demonstrate and educate teachers on ways to be flexible and responsive to the developmental needs, life experiences and unique abilities of each student. Increase the teachers' understanding and knowledge of disabilities, so that they may be better equipped to impart different strategies for learning and empowering their students. Additionally, educators obtained greater understanding regarding classroom accommodations, as well as therapeutic strategies that will assist the student with special needs to meet their fullest potential.

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CKFTO Teacher Training Workshop - Thursday 15th and Friday 16th August 2013

Caribbean Kids and Families Therapy Organisation (CKFTO) invites you to our 2013 Teachers Training Workshop"Supporting Teachers of Children with Therapeutic Needs in Schools II". Registration is limited so If you are interested in attending kindly register via payment to our office at #19 Vidale Street, St. James or by direct deposit to Republic Bank AC# 290457877301 and emailing deposit slip along with registration form to info@ckfto.org.

Date:    Thursday August 15 And Friday August 16th

Time:    8:00am to 4:00pm

Where : Hotel Normandie

Cost:     $500   ( Refreshments, lunch and resource manual provided)

RSVP by July 31st

For more information, click to download the:

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Sensational Kids Camp - 8 to 19 July 2013

CKFTO hosts its Sensation Kids Camp which will run from July 8th to 19th. Have your child experience a fun filled occupational and music therapy based sensory program to help with the challenges they may experience within their environment.

For more information, click to download the Therapy Camp Flyer [PDF].

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The Heroes of the Differently-Abled ("HODA") Project.

CKFTO collaborated with The Heroes Foundation on their Heroes of the Differently-Abled (“HODA”) project. On April 26th at YMCA Maya Chriqui, CKFTO's Clinical Supervisor/MT conducted a workshop aimed at sensitizing Secondary School students on issues affecting differently-abled students within the Secondary School system and information about typical disabilities.

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CKFTO Annual Fundraiser May 26th, 2013

It's that time of the year, when CKFTO hosts its annual fund raiser, in order, to fund therapies for those families that cannot afford it. This year we will be having a silent auction with pieces from artist such as Sharon Burford, Bunty O'Connor, Marsha Trepte, Beverly Williams- Harries, Rebecca Foster, Fitroy Hoyte amongst others.

For more information, click to download the Annual Fund Raiser [PDF].

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Inca Mohamed (Consulting Advisor, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; Violet Lezama GM, CKFTO and Kim Amar,Director CKFTO)
JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence

We are happy to announce that CKFTO received on Wednesday May 15th, 2013, a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding 2013 Application from the JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence In Trinidad & Tobago.

The JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad and Tobago is funded by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust II through the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. It is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The Award was established to recognize and reward NGOs who have excelled in their desire to improve their communities through various initiatives while also serving as a shining example of best practices in non-profit management.

Thirteen (13) NGOs applied for this Award. CKFTO was recognized for outstanding  merit and accomplishments to date.

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GTECH partners with CKFTO
GTECH partners with CKFTO

GTECH partners with CKFTO to enrich the lives of special needs children by donating androids and computer equipment to the clinic.

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CKFTO supports DSFN
CKFTO continue to support our families and friends of the Down Syndome Family Network

CKFTO staff Violet Lezama and Christopher Ristic continue to support our families and friends of the Down Syndome Family Network at their first ever Buddy Walk in October to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

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Motor Camp
CKFTO reached out a helping hand to support The Cerebral Palsy Society

In August 2012, CKFTO reached out a helping hand to support The Cerebral Palsy Society, by offering therapeutic camp services to some of their members. Nine families from this association took part in our CKFTO Motor Camp, and it offered them an insight into the benefits and family support that can be derived through Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy and Support Services at CKFTO.  We look forward to offering continued support to this group.

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Rotary Club
CKFTO/Rotary Club of Port of Spain Collaboration

Caribbean Kids and Families Therapy Organisation (CKFTO) and The Rotary Club of Port of Spain have joined forces to assist with the needs of one of the families benefiting from subsidized therapy at their clinic in St. James. Suresh Shah is an active 8 year old boy diagnosed with autism, hyperactive disorders and verbally uncommunicative, he is also blind. He attends CKFTO's clinic in St. James weekly for occupational therapy sessions. Since his diagnosis, his mother and father have been working tirelessly to offer Suresh the possibility to live an enhanced state of health and well-being in spite of his disabilities.

Our goal at CKFTO is to transition Suresh to be able to communicate with his family more efficiently, increase his independence and develop the basic skills needed to function in society; to attain an overall better quality of human life. To assist Suresh's with his disabilities of impaired sight and communication, The Rotary Club of Port of Spain, through the kind concern of President Lawrence Wilson have purchased adaptive communicative switches to assist Suresh and his family within their home environment and to enhance his performance in his activities of daily living. These switches will not only assist Suresh, but it will help his parents better understand him as they themselves are visually challenged. These communicative devices are able to record phrases and are visually bold and easy to comprehend. CKFTO thanks all its sponsors for their commitment to helping our families receive therapeutic interventions and look forward to closer collaborations in our mutual quest of community outreach.

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Motor Camp - August 2012

CKFTO is proud to offer an activity camp for children with motor skills delays such as cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome, developmental delays and others! The focus of this camp will be on inclusion of children with physical disabilities into our society and to join us for a week of fun therapy, activities and laughter! This camp runs from August 13-17, 2012.

For more information, click to download the Motor Camp Flyer [PDF].

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Handwriting Camp - July 2012

Our Handwriting Camp is for children struggling with handwriting issues or now getting ready for the challenge of school. Our Camp has been developed to meet the needs of all children requiring assistance with printing and printing refinement. This camp runs from July 23rd, 2012 to August 3rd, 2012.

For more information, click to download the Handwriting Camp Flyer [PDF].

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Alert Camp - July 2012

Alert Camp is an occupational therapy group to teach your child to self-regulate at home, school and in the community. This camp runs from July 9th, 2012 to July 29th, 2012.

For more information, click to download the Alert Camp Flyer [PDF].

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Justice for Children
Justice for Children March - April 2012

CKFTO took Part in the "Justice for Children March" which took place on April 22-2012. This march was intended to call on Government to pass the Children's Bill it was very well attended, thousands of people marched the Savannah, children, young people as well as old people. This March was organized by "The Jericho Project".

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Rajesh Durbal
Repsol's "No Excuses Stakeholders Discussion"

CKFTO was invited to attend Repsol's "No Excuses Stakeholders Discussion" headed by triple amputee, who happens to have Trini parents, Rajesh Durbal. Rajesh is an inspiration to one and all. Here is little bio on Rajesh:

At an early age, Rajesh was fitted with prosthetic legs and learned by trial and error how to do things on his own as a triple amputee. At the age of 5, Rajesh participated in most activities at school. His teacher took a liking to him, and published a book about him growing up while being different. By the age of 10 he was competing in slalom skiing. At 14 he was offered a chance to train and become part of the disabled ski team in Colorado. At 16, Rajesh broke the world record for double below knee amputees in the 100M sprint. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems from Capella University, and landed a lead technical engineering job working for a trading firm on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2001, wanting to get out of the city, Rajesh pursed other forms of education and achieved his PMP certification. He then started working for a major construction company leading multimillion-dollar technical projects for the government.

Something was missing; Rajesh knew there was more to life. He knew that he could do more with the gifts he was given. With prayer and faith he decided to do something that he feared and thought he could never do; a triathlon. Only until later did he realize that no other triple amputee has ever attempted this challenge.

In June 2009, he completed his first sprint triathlon in a time of 1:48. He completed a second sprint triathlon in September 2009, in 1:36. Rajesh cmpeted in the Ironman in Kona, Hawaii. Most of all he wants to spread awareness that we all can live amazing lives filled with meaning and purpose by his mantra "LIVE FREE."

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Teacher's Workshop
First Teacher's Workshop - August 2011

The Minister of Education endorsed and supported our first and unique Teacher's workshop held on the 11th and 12th August. The emphasis of the Teacher training workshop was to provide classroom teachers with therapeutic tips and tools from a variety of trained professionals, to use with students who might be experiencing obstacles to learning. With the funding provided by Repsol we were able to provide training to 65 teachers, the majority of whom were from public schools. The seminar topics and format were developed through the experience of the JBF sponsored school based occupational therapist Marisa Hayden. Overseas guest speakers included Karen Litchfield, Occupational Therapist/ BSC in Education and Kimberly Amar RN/college lecturer in Health Care from Ontario, Canada.

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Caregiver Seminar
First Caregiver Seminar - July 2011

Our Repsol sponsored Caregiver Seminar held on 15th July 2011, was our first ever large public training initiative to raise awareness, educate and empower caregivers of children with a variety of disabilities, about issues and challenges common to all. The aim was to provide an opportunity for caregivers of children with special needs to interact with professionals, and receive simple practical strategies for the parenting and management of infants, children and teens with a wide variety of disabilities. One hundred and twenty parents/caregivers of children with special needs attended. It was a resounding success!

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Media Launch 2011
CKFTO Official Clinic Opening - February 10, 2011


CKFTO's St. James clinic was officially opened on February 10, 2011 by the Honourable Minister of the People and Social Development, Dr.Glenn Ramadahrsingh. CKFTO Chairperson, Elizabeth Aleong expressed a special thanks on behalf of the organization to private sponsors, United Way, Repsol & Palm Tree Investments, all in attendance at the opening.

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First Event Breakfast of the World held at Jaffa etc...

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Repsol

Repsol Sponsored Care Giver Seminar which will be held at House of Angostura on July 15-2011 it is designed to provide caregivers with support and education on topics regarding disabilities. It is a unique opportunity to have questions answered by trained and licence professionals.

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Repsol

Repsol Sponsored Teacher Training, a workshop which will be held on August 11 and 12-2011 at the Rudranath Capildeo Learning Center in Couva with emphasis on providing classroom teachers with tips and tools to apply with students who might be experiencing obstacles in learning.

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Toy Campaign: This program seeks to provide special needs children with therapeutic toys in conjunction with other NGO's. We are seeking assistance from all parents and toy distributers to contribute with new or fairly new toys in good condition.

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In September - 2010 Palm Tree Investments donated towards the construction and building of the facility.

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Repsol

In July 2010, Repsol donated towards diagnostics tools, music therapy equipment and educational material, this grant will serve to expand CKFTO's equipment in its clinic and to furnish and outfit our clinic in St.. James.

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United Way Trinidad & Tobago

In June 2010, United Way donated towards the purchase of a therapy gym and equipment for CKFTO's new location.

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J.B. Fernandes  Memorial Trust

JB Fernandes Memorial Trust Fund donated towards subsidizing pediatric occupational therapy to low income families and expansion of our operations in D'abadie.

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What is a disability?

A disability may be defined as a condition which may restrict a person's mental, sensory and/or mobility functions to undertake and/or perform a task in the same way as a person who does not have a disability.

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