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A comprehensive list of agencies, charities and organisations that support blind and partially sighted people, with contact details and information about services and activities.

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Persons Associated with Visual Impairment (PAVI)
Street address: 76 Eastern Main Road, San Juan, Trinidad, West Indies.
Postal address: PO Bag 360B, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, West Indies.
Contact person: Helen Simpson
Tel: +1 868 674 0336
Fax: +1809 674 0336
Activities: PAVI offers a rehabilitation programme with communication, daily living, social recreational and vocational skills. Ongoing training of Rehabilitaion Field Officers to improve the delivery of our rehabilitation service, continuing organizing outreach seminars throughout Trinidad & Tobago, establishment of Community Social Groups, establishment of a voluntary programme to assist in the rehabilitation process, provision of white canes, Braille slates and other technical aids for communication at an affordable cost. Lobbying for employment of person with visual impairment. Assisting young graduates who are visually impaired through the process to attain their career goals. Fund-raising, public education, awareness seminars, a transcription service to the public and production of low cost spectacles.

Trinidad and Tobago Blind Welfare Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (T&TABVI)
116-118 Duke Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Contact person: Mrs. Diane Borneo, Executive Officer
Tel: +1 868 624 4675
Fax: +1 809 624 1613
Activities: The objectives of the T&TABVI are to prevent blindness, to promote public awareness in the community, to promote independence and integration, and to act as a resource centre. The T&TABVI offers a wide variety of pregrammes, such as counselling, rehabilitation (daily living skills, mobility and orientation programme, social skills, communication skills), vocational counselling. Other services include welfare services, leisure activities, blindness prevention, socialisation programmes, library services, transcription services, school for the blind children, programmes for the elderly, workshops for the blind.

W.R. Torres Foundation for the Blind
PO Box 532, General Post Office, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies.
Tel: +868 623 0940
Activities: Established the Blind Independence through Technology (BITT) program that has trained over 60 blind/visually impaired individuals in basic computer literacy. Established the Innovative Employment Solutions (IES) program to create job opportunities and internships for people who are blind. Introduced the first reading and shopping service for the blind through our Community Volunteer Network (CVN) program. The service is quite popular among blind students and employed adults who use the volunteers to read their textbooks, correspondences, and newspapers as well as for shopping assistance at the mall or grocery. Established the first scholarship fund for blind citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. Installed state-of-the-art assistive technology solutions at the NALIS National Library to provide people who are blind, low vision, deaf, and mobility impaired with access to the library’s high-tech network information system. Established the first assistive technology subsidy program for people who are blind in Trinidad and Tobago. Blind individuals can receive as much as US$695 in subsidies for the purchase of technology that enable them to use the computer.


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