Achievement Learning Centre to observe World Autism Awareness Day

The Achievement Learning Center this year will join 157 countries across the world to observe Autism Awareness Day on April 1, 2017.

World Autism Awareness Day (WADD), celebrated on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on Autism as a growing global health priority.

On World Autism Awareness Day (WADD), Achievement Learning Centre will celebrate its “Light up the Possibilities” campaign.

The event will start with a walk from the Centre at 3 Elliot Avenue, Pottersville, travel up Independence Street and climax at the Pebbles Park.

The awareness walk is aimed at spreading the awareness and understanding of Autism, Celebrate and honor the unique talents and Skills of people with Autism and bring attention to the needs of all people with Autism and other disabilities.

We are inviting the public to join us on the walk. Everyone is invited to wear something blue (this is not a political rally) to show support and walk to help “Build Inclusive Communities” as we endeavor to break the stigma against children with disabilities. Children with disabilities are a bundle of potentials so let’s “Light up the Possibilities”.

Join us for time of interaction and celebrating at the Peebles Park for fun and games. It is a time that we hope the public will interact with us and the children that we serve at the Centre.

The event is being sponsored by Flow, Domlec. Forestry division, Fine Foods Inc., AID Bank. J Astaphan and Co Ltd.

The event will start at 3 and ends at 6. At six o’clock we are hoping to light up the park blue with glow sticks as we light up Blue to commemorate the day.

For more information call 316 7652 or email at

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  1. Asaka
    March 31, 2017

    This should be a beautiful event indeed. As an administrative professional at a volunteer agency in NY working with adults with intellectual disabilities, it’s great to see my home island joining us on this day of celebrating the men and women with autism who appreciate all that we support them in. The US is focused more on promoting independence in a self directed manner and this gives me hope that Dominica is on its way to supporting our brothers and sisters with autism and other disabilities. Enjoy this event and keep supporting. It is fulfilling work.

  2. AA
    March 30, 2017

    A person with autism is challenged, not disabled! Are there many autistic persons in Dominica?

  3. Roger Burnett
    March 30, 2017

    The Caribbean should be especially proud of Stephen Wiltshire MBE, Hon.FSAI, Hon.FSSAA a British autistic artist of West Indian parentage.

    Both autism and dyslexia need to be better understood in our schools. They are “abilities” not “disabilities”.

    • lover
      March 30, 2017

      Thanks for that Insight.. I think the school should invite you to give presentation on this topic..

      • Roger Burnett
        March 31, 2017

        I have offered, through the relevant department in the Ministry of Education, to speak to teachers on this subject. In response, I am told that they have programmes for “slow learners”. I can assure you that an autistic or dyslexic child is not a slow learner; they learn differently.

        On average 15% of Afro-Caribbean children are dyslexic and on top of that you can add a percentage for those that are autistic. For 74 years, my success as an artist and inventive engineer has been dependent upon my good fortune of being born dyslexic!

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  4. marie-claire R Skerrit
    March 30, 2017

    But why every Dam thing in Dominica is political driven base on the colour you wear. This is so sickening that should not be highlighted in this report Anyways backwards we go. This is a good cause but this comment in the report just upset my soul.

    • lover
      March 30, 2017

      The comment was necessary for exactly the same reason it upset your soul. This is the climate we live in we make everything political. It was on this same DNO that a church gave this school some tablet and it was made political..

  5. lover
    March 30, 2017

    Great Initiative

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