Thirty-five-year-old Candice John is no ordinary teacher. For the past three years, she has worked at the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCDP) in San Fernando as resident Information Technology (IT) instructor.

John is visually impaired, but if you look around her IT lab, it has the appearance of any other you would find at institutions around the nation. Have a closer look and you would see that this is no ordinary lab.

As a person with a visual impairment, John is aware of the potential challenges of her trainees who have a wide range of disabilities: physical, autism, deaf, hard of hearing, speech impairment, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, blind and visually impaired, intellectual and learning disabilities, as well as mild mental and seizure disorders.

While assistive technology such as specialised computer equipment or software programmes can help compensate for disabilities and impairments that affect hand dexterity, vision, and hearing, the high cost of such technology makes personal acquisition prohibitive for many individuals. Over the past 14 years, International Game Technology (IGT), formerly known as GTECH, has partnered with NCPD to donate required assistive hardware and software to keep the IT lab continually updated and relevant.


A famous 1990s New Yorker cartoon showed two dogs at a computer and a caption that read “On …

THE proportion of children under five years of age chronically infected with hepatitis B (HBV) dropped to just under one per cent in 2019 down from around five per cent in the pre-vaccine era (the period between the 1980s and the early 2000s), according to new estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Kristof West has many inspiring stories to tell.

At just 20, West, a budding filmmaker and photographer, is eager to hold his mirror to local society and reflect the positive energy he sees from his people every day. It’s a desire, he says, that is fuelled by his passion for T&T and its rich culture.

AS entertainers wait with bated breath to receive the green light to resume life as they know it, nothing, not even these uncertain times can stop the creativity that is unfolding behind the scenes.

THERE are few comfort foods quite like a hot cup of cocoa on a rainy day. We have the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilisations to thank for that.

Thousands of years ago, the Aztecs learned the value of the cacao beans from the Mayans who considered it the fruit of the gods. They removed the beans from the pod, fermented them, laid them out to dry and then the beans were grounded into a paste. Water and chilli pepper were added and the result was a bitter tasting cocoa drink.

Bios & Bookmarks, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s Online Reading Series featuring Caribbean authors is back for a second season on Sunday 9 August.

Building up to the virtual presentation of T&T’S 2020 literary festival, September 18-20, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest returns with Season 2 of Bios & Bookmarks, the weekly literary conversation that is livestreamed on Facebook, 3-4 p.m. every Sunday between 9 August and 13 September.