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  • The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is developing a programme to give greater support to the special needs community.
  • In an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NPSC, Kaysia Kerr, said the programme will be tailor-made to reach the special needs community in a specific and targeted way, and will include measures to help parents support the holistic development of children with disabilities.
  • She further noted that the programme will also feature advocacy and counselling for disabled parents as well as parents with special needs children.

The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is developing a programme to give greater support to the special needs community.

In an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NPSC, Kaysia Kerr, said the programme will be tailor-made to reach the special needs community in a specific and targeted way, and will include measures to help parents support the holistic development of children with disabilities.

She further noted that the programme will also feature advocacy and counselling for disabled parents as well as parents with special needs children.

“We would help them in terms of advocacy, and ensure that they are getting the right attention, whether it’s health or education needs, to support them through that process,” Ms. Kerr said.

She pointed out that the process to develop the programme commenced in 2017, with a series of consultations to identify the needs of persons in the disabled community.

“We had a survey that we piloted across the Regions of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and so we move now to developing a programme that starts from the moment someone is diagnosed with a special need. We will go in if the parent requires that need for psychosocial support, just to see them through that particular process,” Ms. Kerr said.

The CEO noted that parents will also be furnished with material that will increase their knowledge base on how to raise children with varying disabilities.

“We will also take them through a programme where we have started developing content to help them to understand what the disability is and what they should be doing with their children as parents to ensure that these children become active participants in society, depending on what the disability is,” Ms. Kerr said.

She pointed out that the NPSC will forge partnerships with the Ministries of Education, Youth and Information; Health; and Labour and Social Security to identify parents in need of support.

The mandate of the NPSC is to offer proactive and reactive parenting education and support. Proactive education speaks to the reception of knowledge prior to the consideration of conceiving a child, whilst reactive education delves into the determinants of effective parenting by offering psychosocial support and education.