We are an NGO based on the concept of volunteerism, with a focus on youth volunteerism. We presently have over 350 youth volunteers, and various programmes where our youths work with persons with autism at RC (Rahul’s Clubhouse). The volunteer programmes do not discriminate according to gender, we accept any youth who wants to volunteer with us. Additionally, our NGO’s goal is to create equal access to opportunities for every single person diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in T&T – that means all genders, ethnicity, religions, etc.
Support Autism T&T was founded in 2014 by Dr. Radica Mahase.
Dr. Mahase, who is the caregiver of a child with Autism, after unsuccessfully seeking help for her nephew for years, she decided to start Support Autism T+T so that other parents and caregivers will not find themselves in such a hopeless and desperate situation where they cannot access schools, therapy, or even medical care for their children.
Support Autism T&T is registered as Autism Support Network T+T under the Trinidad and Tobago Companies Act 1995.
It was created mainly to create equal access to opportunities for persons with autism spectrum disorder and to advocate for their inclusion in our country.
The NGO started solely based on the concept of volunteerism, everyone volunteers his or her time at all our events, etc.
To create an inclusive society which caters to Autistic and other special needs persons, at every level, through advocacy and awareness and through various projects and events, geared towards the long term benefits of persons with special needs in Trinidad and Tobago.
Our main goals include:
a. Making therapy and educational opportunities equally available to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Trinidad and Tobago.
b. Providing training for parents / caregivers, educators, and health professionals.
c. Providing educational and technological resources to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Trinidad and Tobago.
d. Promoting Autism awareness at the community and national levels.