Trampolin pa Trabao talks about Work & Disabilities

The Hyatt Regency hosted a recent TPT recruitment session, an interactive meeting between governmental and non-governmental agencies on the island, with the purpose of creating a dialogue that will eventually result in more people with disabilities being trained to enter the work force, taking them out of their isolation and helping them become active and important members of our society.

A few months ago TPT made the decision to reach out and actively pursue recruitment of more clients. Island residents with intellectual and physical challenges are often over-protected by their parents and are left home, while the rest of the household gets out to work or study.

Sometime parents do not fully comprehend the benefits and advantages derived from going to work, and the immense value of social interaction to self-esteem and well-being.

Often the lack of transportation, and other technical considerations, prevent the handicapped from reaching TPT, to start their journey of self-development and discovery. Parents might fear the loss of government allowances, when their handicapped son or daughter set their sights on work.

The obstacle are many, but TPT is determined to make inroads in public perception and shed light on the challenges and opportunities available.

The session at the Hyatt Regency sought to network with stakeholders who share similar clients and educate them about the services offered at TPT, namely training, jobhunting, placement and coaching before, during and after placement.

TPT’s Lynn Maduro, Lionel Rummit and Danielle Ridderstaat are determined to turn every stone, and lure out every individual held back by disability, shame, or misperception.

They know what they are talking about. They witness first-hand the delightful changes in their clients when transformed from closed, reserved and tentative to open, talkative and joyful, as a result of having received much needed professional support, laced with social events, with their peers. TPT aims at balancing work and play, cracking clients’ worlds open, while reassuring parents, their kids are in good hands.

We can do much more together, says Lynn, we will continue to dialogue, and ask for help from social, medical and employment agencies. If we are creative enough, she adds, we can find many groups that hold similar interests in achieving success for people with disabilities. We are planning future sessions with HR people of key businesses on the island, and the AHRA association, for example, reaching out to human resources managers and professionals. From reading and researching on line I learned that stakeholder engagement is the key, Lynn concludes, in facilitating employment for persons with developmental disabilities, and helping them overcome individual and societal barriers.

 

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September 14, 2023
Rona Coster