Purpose & History
ICDR-Trinidad was formed in 2004 with the objective of promoting rehabilitation services, research, and education in Trinidad and Tobago.
What we do:
- Contribute to the training and education of University of Toronto students in the Rehabilitation Sciences Sector, primarily through clinical internships at the Immortelle Children’s Centre and the Immortelle Prevocational Centre in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
- Conduct research in the areas of early intervention, rehabilitation service availability, and program evaluation.
- Provide sustainable resources and education to clients, parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Promote awareness for the groups’ projects and fundraising initiatives.
Vice-Chairs Education: Shelley Vaisberg and Sandy Steinwender
Vice-Chair Finance: Ebony St. Rose
Behnaz Afrakhte, Natasha Altin, Lydia Beck, Stephanie Bosnyak, Kailee Butchereit, Lucy Cacciacarro, Mariana Camargo, Deb Cameron, Laura Cooper, Charla-Maye Cooper, Lynn Ellwood, Lorna Feasby, Laura Franks, Ashley Furrow, Morgan Gadsby, Jenna Gaurdeau, Sonia Gulati, Shakira Hanif, Linda Laing, Ilyse Lax, Kayla McDowell, Andrea Meade, Audrey Miro, Sarah Moorehead, Selvana Morcos, Courtney Ostrega, Kristin Popowich, Cinthia Ramas, Angela Samson, Ruheena Sangrar, Batoul Sayed Ahmed, Emma Scammell, Michelle Scott, Asha Shelton, Soledad Silencieux, Meredith Smith, Vaeda Solomon, Kathy Sparrow, Ebony St. Rose, Angelica Reyes, Shelly Vaisburg, Lisa Vandewater, Jennifer Wang, Amanda Waning, Jenna Watson, Fern Westernoff, Brittney Wiley, J. Wiley.
- Immortelle Children’s Centre Ltd., Port of Spain, Trinidad
- Trinidad and Tobago Occupational Therapy Association
- Eric Williams Medical Science Complex
- University of Southern Caribbean Masters in OT program
- Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
- Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago
Occupational therapy internships have been running at the Immortelle Children’s Centre and Prevocational Centre since 20o1. To date, there have been over 80 occupational therapy students who have participated in this internship. Recently speech language pathology and physical therapy students have also completed internships at the Immortelle Children’s Centre.
Please see the ICI information sheet for information on international clinical internships in Trinidad.
- 2009, 2010, 2011: Behavioural therapists from Erinoak Kids Centre for Treatment and Development provided assessment, intervention and education to parents and teachers at the Immortelle Centre.
- 2008: Canadian Speech language pathologists provided assessments for students at the Immortelle Centre. Education sessions with parents and health care workers were also held.
- 2008: Donations of therapy equipment, such as walkers and wheelchairs, were collected in Canada and shipped to various facilities in Trinidad.
- 2006, 2007, 2008: Canadian Occupational therapists traveled to Trinidad to conduct a summer camp offering assessment and treatment services. In 2007, a University of Toronto medical student supported the development of the camp through a program evaluation.
- 2005: The working group organized for a Trinidadian boy to travel to Canada for orthopedic and drooling surgery.
- IPAD use in individuals with Developmental Disabilities, submitted Dec 2014 to Disability and Rehabilitation – Assistive Technology. Wiley, B., Hogg, A., Gulati, S. & Cameron, D.
- Article in preparation – Key Stakeholder Perspectives on Vocational Options for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Trinidad. Lax, I., Vandewater, L., Reyes, A., Han, J., Cameron, D.
- Cameron, D., Cockburn, L., Nixon, S., Parnes, P., Garcia, L., Leotaud, J., MacPherson, K., Mashaka, P., Mlay, R., Wango, J., Williams, T. Global Partnerships for International Fieldwork in Occupational Therapy: Reflection and Innovation. Occupational Therapy International. 2013 Jun;20(2):88-96.
- International Partnerships in Occupational Therapy: Realities of a Globally-Connected Profession. AOTA. Baltimore, Maryland. Authors: Suarez-Balcazer, Y, Hansen, A, Munoz, J, Stein F, Ilott, I, Ammeral, M, Njelesani, J, Cameron, D, Hammel, J. 2011 Nov 4.
- Rehabilitation Research and Practice, vol. 2013, Article ID 208187, 9 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/208187. “Assessing Global Health Competencies in Rehabilitation Students,” by Mirella Veras, Kevin Pottie, Vivian Welch, Tim Ramsay, Govinda P. Dahal, Debra Cameron and Peter Tugwell
- Knight, B., Haro, A., Cameron, D., Nixon, S., Ahluwahia, P., Hicks, E. Becoming an Occupational Therapist: Impact of International Fieldwork Placements on Clinical Practice” (accepted Feb 2014). CJOT
- Roy, A., Cameron, D., & Garcia, L. “Implementing the National Policy on Persons with Disability: A look at rehabilitation service needs in Trinidad and Tobago.” University of Toronto, 2008.
- Smallman, L. & Cameron, D. “Trinidadian Teachers Experience and Perspectives Surrounding their Administration of Paediatric Screening Tools.” (Research Grant: Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Education). University of Toronto, 2007.
- Clifford, D. & Cameron, D. “Trinidadian Teachers Experience and Perspectives Surrounding Their Administration of Paediatric Screening Tools.” (Research Grant: Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Education). University of Toronto, 2007.
- Markowitz, L., Cameron, D., & Parnes, P. “Alternative and Augmentative Communication: Services and Needs.” University of Toronto, 2007.
- Cooper, L. & Cameron D. “International Placements and International Curricula in Canadian Rehabilitation Programs.” University of Toronto, 2006.
- Caldwell, A. & Cameron, D. “Current Rehabilitation Services and Needs in Trinidad and Tobago.” University of Toronto, 2004.
- Cunningham, E., Cameron, D., Steir, J., & Vandewater, L. “The Impact of International Fieldwork on Students.” University of Toronto, 2003.
- Hogg, A., Wiley, B., & Gulati, S. Exploring the use of Tablets (iPads) with Children and Young Adults with Disabilities at Immortelle Children’s Centre and Pre-Vocational Centre. May 31st, 2012
- Terrana, A. and Cameron, D. “Key Stakeholder Perspectives on Vocational Options for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Trinidad”
- International Partnerships in Occupational Therapy: Realities of a Globally-Connected Profession. Friday April 4, 2013. AOTA BaltimoreMaryland. Suarez-Balcazer, Y., Hansen, A., Munoz, J., Stein, F. Ilott, I., Ammeral, M., Njelesani, J., Cameron, D., Hammel, J.
- Reflecting on International Clinical Education Practices and Guidelines. Ellwood, L. & Cameron, D. CASLPA Ottawa, May 2014
- Canadian Conference on Global Health (Ottawa, Oct 28, 2013) Fostering Reflexivity among HIV Clinicians and Students: A Scoping Study. Landy, R., Nixon, S., Robrigado, K., Oliver, B., O’Hearn, S., Cockburn, L., Cameron, D., Cameron, C. Baxter, L.
- Fostering reflexivity among HIV clinicians and students within clinical training programs: A scoping study. DLSPH Research and Practice Day November 2013, Toronto. Robrigado, K., Landy, R., Nixon, S., Baxter, L. Cameron, C., Cameron, D., O’Brien, K., O’Hearn, S., Oliver, B.
- Enabling occupation in low-income countries through prosthetic design: Prosthetists’ perspectives, OSOT conference Sept 2013, Kam, S., Khodaverdian, A., Andrysek, J., Daiter, L., Kent, M. Njelesani, J., Cameron, D.
- Trentham, B., Stier, J., Cameron, D. Cockburn, L., Fourt, A., Reid, D., Renwick, R., & Sangrar, R. (2013). Building inclusion through curriculum development. Invited panel presentation at the 2013 University of Toronto International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Campaign.Toronto.
- Feasby, L., Rudachyk, A., Cameron, D., Trentham, B., Eby, S., Stories from Abroad: (accepted Jan 2013). Student occupational therapists navigating international fieldwork barriers. CAOT conference, Victoria, June 2013.
- Landy, R., Nixon, S., Baxter, L., Cameron, C., Cameron, D., Cockburn, L., O’Brien, K., O’Hearn, S., Oliver, B., Robrigado, K.(accepted Feb 2013) Fostering Reflexivity among HIV clinicians and students: A scoping study. 2nd International HIV Social Sciences and Humanities Conference, Paris, July 2013.
- Perceptions of persons living with HIV/aids – Cameron, D., Njelesani, J. CAOT 2012
- Knight, B., Haro, A. Cameron, D., Nixon, S., Hicks, E. & Ahluwalia, P. Exploring the Impact of International Fieldwork on occupational therapy practice. CAOT Conference, Quebec City, 2012
- Key Stakeholder Perspectives on Vocational Options for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Trinidad. Lax, I., Vandewater, L., Reyes, A., Han, J., Cameron, D.
- 8th Canadian Conference on International Health (Debra Cameron, Ailsa Storck, Lisa Vandewater) “International Student Placements: A Trinidadian Experience”
- Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. (Debra Cameron, Ailsa Storck, Lisa Vandewater) “Fostering the growth of Healthy Communities through International Student Placements”
- The Clinical Utility of Paediatric Screening Tools: A Trinidadian Example. Smallman, L., Clifford, D. & Cameron, D. CAOT Conference, St Johns, July 2007.
- Caldwell, A. & Cameron, D. Childhood rehabilitation in a developing country: Current services and needs. CAOT Conference, Vancouver, 2005. – Podium
- Cameron, D., Stier, J., Vandewater, L., & Cunningham, E. “Go for it: Student Experiences of International Fieldwork”. CAOT Conference, Charlottetown, June 2004. – Podium
- Vaisberg, S., Sangrar, R., Njelesani, J., & Polatajko, H. Occupation Based Programs for International Development. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference, Quebec City, QC (June 8, 2012)
- Sangrar, R., Vaisberg, S., Njelesani, J., & Polatajko, H. Viewing Youth Sport-for-Development Programming in Trinidad & Tobago from an Occupational Perspective. Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists Conference, Edmonton, AB (May 3, 2012)
Trinidad Conferences and Education Sessions
- Caribbean Occupational Therapy Conference
- Disability Awareness Conference
- High school career presentations
- “Adventures in International Fieldwork” article by Deb Cameron, Emily Bednar, and Hilleree Valade. Occupational Therapy Now, Mar/April 2003.
- “NGO Profile: Trinidad Working Group” by Deb Cameron. Dispatches: Newsletter of the International Health Division, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Vol. 2, Issue 3, Summer 2008.
- “Students in Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Toronto to Continue to Work in Trinidad” by Martin Latchana and Naraindra Prashad
- “Helping Hand” by Jessica Whiteside www.news.utoronto.ca/bin2/020325d.asp – 20k
- “Ontario SLP’s Volunteer at Immortelle Children’s Centre Port of Spain, Trinidad” by Carol Teal
- Hachey, K, Goultiaeva, A., Mollon, Westernoff, F (2011). Immortelle Children’s Centre – Monthly Tips for Communicating with Your Child. Series of six parent newsletters (January-February; March-April; May-June; July-August; September-October; November-December).
For more information, please contact: Lisa Vandewater.