Spectrum Possibilities – Barbadian Charity recipient of Donation from Digicel Barbados
Deborah Thompson-Smith is the Executive Director of Spectrum Possibilities, which is a Barbadian registered Charity. Deborah’s a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Specialist BSc in Psychology and a Major in Exceptionality in Human Learning (BA). Deborah is a trained guidance counsellor and was completing the final research phase of a Masters in Counselling Psychology when her younger son started to show signs of being on the autism spectrum. She switched the focus of her research from the psychology of masculinity and family and couples therapy to autism and devoted her time to finding ways to support her son and other children on the spectrum and their families. Deborah is committed to spreading the word that autism is treatable with families across the Caribbean and the wider international autism community. She is also working to accelerate access to the most effective treatments and interventions for autism to families in Barbados and the wider Caribbean.
Spectrum Possibilities just was a beneficiary from Digicel as part of the Telecoms Provider’s celebration of Barbados’46th Anniversary of Independence. This foundation aims to inspire a vision of new possibilities for positive life outcomes for persons with autism spectrum disorders through supporting, educating and empowering parents in their exploration of existing and emerging traditional and alternative treatment and intervention options. We also aim to inspire such a vision through sharing stories of hope about families and individuals on the spectrum who have shattered limiting beliefs and achieved phenomenal things never before thought possible.
- The charity hopes to inspire a vision of what is possible for each person with a suspected or diagnosed autism spectrum disorder and to support action towards that vision.
- Spectrum intends to facilitate the elimination of obstacles to the integration of persons with autism spectrum disorders in all spheres of society.
- The organisation also intends to promote a new attitude of unlimited possibilities for persons on the spectrum.