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Tuesday, January 26, 2005 - Agencies who have a stake in the care and protection of children with disabilities are today (January 26th ), attending a consultation convened by the Education Unit of the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association.

The Unit has over the years, spearheaded the Multi Impaired and Visually Impaired Programme, providing services for multi-handicapped children.

Executive Director of the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association, Mr. Anthony Avril said there was need for a general increase in resources directed to addressing the needs of multi-handicapped children in St. Lucia.

“What is happening is that we need all to come together to consolidate a national service and then we will be able to really deal with the problem”, Mr. Avril said, adding, “what we’re hoping to come out of this consultation is that we will walk away with some sort of strategy at least the beginning of some strategy, that will help us to begin addressing the problem … the need as we see it is for a structured and well coordinated national service.”

Dr. W.A. Webson from the Hilton Perkins International Project will facilitate the consultation scheduled to commence this morning, January 26th, at the conference room of the Ministry of Education.

The Hilton Perkins Project and the Hilton Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts USA, currently fund the Multi Impaired and Visually Impairment Programme of the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association.

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