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We must break down any stigma attached to special educational needs issues, and encourage parents to come out and take part.

Mr. Gareth Long.

Published 2nd November 2006, 10:53am

Special Educational Needs (SEN) expert, Brent Holt, is returning to Cayman next week, this time to address members of the public in Cayman Brac as well as Grand Cayman. Working with the Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports & Culture on a national review of the way Special Education Needs are dealt with in Cayman's schools, Mr. Holt is encouraging parents and anyone with an interest in the subject to attend. Ministry Strategic Development Advisor (Education), Mr. Gareth Long, said, "Special Educational Needs is an issue which touches a good number of students in our system. We must break down any stigma attached to special educational needs issues, and encourage parents to come out and take part. Even if their own children are not directly affected, we have a responsibility as a community to help those that are. This is an ideal opportunity to learn more about an important issue, and show support for a deserving section of the community". Mr. Holt will make a presentation and open the floor for debate on issues surrounding special educational needs at the meeting, which will take place at Cayman Brac High School, at 7pm on Wednesday 8th November. The meeting in Grand Cayman is yet to be scheduled. Brent Holt is a leading expert in the field of Special Educational Needs, with hands-on experience of schools in the Cayman Islands. He is the Interim Executive Director for Exceptional Education for Tuscon Unified School District in Arizona and Lead Psychologist for over 50 school psychologists in the district. Contributions are also encouraged from those who are unable to attend the meeting, via email to Mr. Gareth Long, Strategic Development Advisor (Education), at gareth.long@gov.ky.