The British High Commissioner

Duncan Taylor and his Wife, Marie-Beatrice

In association with

The British Women?s Club

Invite you to join them for

A Gatsby Party!

at their home “BenMar”

Saturday, May 3rd 2008

8pm till Midnight

Ticket Donation $100

which includes substantial, delicious cocktail snacks, all drinks, and dancing to the rhythm of leading Barbados jazz band, V.S.O.P.

Dress: a la Gatsby (prizes for best dressed)

All Proceeds to The Autism Association of Barbados

(please see attached)

Tickets can be purchased from Julie Raizman (Tel: 429 7951 or email her) or Caroline Gardiner (Tel/Fax: 432 7567 or email her). Please make cheques payable to The British Women?s Club of Barbados.
Numbers are limited and tickets will
be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


.. you awoke at 2.00 a.m. to find your front door wide open and your teenaged autistic

son missing?

.. your son, diagnosed with autism, had to sleep on the cold concrete in a cell at the

Psychiatric Hospital?

.. your child relentlessly banged her head against a solid wall?

.. your teenaged child stripped off his/her clothes and walked about naked in


.. your child jumped through a glass window, ignoring the risk and pain?

.. your child strayed on board a cruise ship in Barbados and wound up in Puerto Rico?

The Autism Association of Barbados seeks to address these and other problems facing the autistic community in Barbados through therapy, workshops, advocacy, training and other means. The Association is a Registered Charity, No. 612.

The signs of autism typically appear during the first three years of life. Autism is defined as ?a disability that affects, often severely, a person?s ability to communicate and socially interact with others?. To date it is not known what causes autism and there is no known cure for the disability. Autism affects about twice as many boys as girls.

On 7th April, 2008, Ronwen Smith, Head Teacher and Rachel Watt, Deputy Head
at Linden Bridge School in Surrey, England, a special education school for Autistic children, will arrive in Barbados as guests of the Autism Association. The “Beacon” status (UK) was granted to Linden Bridge School twice, lasting some six years, in recognition of their level of excellence in special education practices. Ronwen and Rachel will carry out workshops over a two week period. They have given their time on a purely voluntary basis.

Week 1, ?Teachers Week?, will focus on the special techniques used for teaching children on the autistic spectrum. It will be very much directed to teachers and class assistants. We hope that, over the longer term, a teacher experience and transfer programme can be developed between Linden Bridge and Barbados.

Week 2 will consist of Workshops for parents and guardians, with informal classes dealing with coping strategies for children with autism, from early realisation to secondary school age.

Advice sessions will also be held on the needs of teenage children, sex education, helping with the mature individual, and sharing ideas on employment prospects using Linden Bridge?s experience with approaching prospective employers.

With your help, we hope to raise enough to fully fund Ronwen and Rachel?s visit.

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