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Special Education

Special education is the provision of education for students with disabilities.  Special education is most effective when a student’s special needs are recognized, diagnosed and accommodated as early as possible.  Special education is coordinated through the Student Support Services (SSS) Division of the Ministry of Education, which has the responsibility for Special Education throughout Trinidad and Tobago.  The SSS provides:

  • Auditory and visual screening.
  • Psychomotor evaluation.
  • Diagnosis and remediation of learning and behavioural problems.

The Division also provides support for physically and sensory challenged students, parental and family awareness and teacher education.  Teams of service providers that include special education teachers, school psychologists, guidance officers, and school social workers have been placed throughout the school system to provide the most comprehensive services available.

Who can access special education?

In order to qualify for services, a child must require special education and related services due to his or her different abilities and learning style.  In general, children with any of the following are eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Mental retardation
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Specific learning disability
  • Speech or language impairments
  • Hearing impairments, including deafness
  • Visual impairment, including blindness and partial sightedness
  • Orthopaedic impairment
  • Other health impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Developmental delay

How do I access special education services for my child?

The goal of the Special Education Unit is to provide every child the opportunity to achieve his or her highest potential.  Contact the Special Education Unit of SSS to find out about approved special education schools in your area.  The office of the Special Education Unit is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except on public holidays.
Special Education Unit
51 Frederick Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies
Tel: (868) 625-0981

Where can I find more information?

More information can be obtained from the Student Support Services Division of the Ministry of Education.  The office of the Division is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except on public holidays.
Student Support Services Division
Ministry of Education
66 Pembroke Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies
Tel: (868) 625-7935 or 627-1271
Fax: (868) 627-1271
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