Autistic Society of Trinidad and Tobago

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The Autistic Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ASTT) is a non-governmental organization for families of autistic people in Trinidad and Tobago. It was founded in May 1990 by Teresina Sieunarine.[1][2] Sieunarine's son was diagnosed with autism in Florida, but on returning to Trinidad she found that there was stigma facing people with disabilities and that some autistic children were living in hospitals.[2] As of April 2013, more than 450 families were registered with the society.[3] The ASTT designates April autism awareness month.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Brief history of the Autistic Society". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b Feinstein, Adam (2010). A History of Autism: Conversations with the Pioneers. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4443-5167-5.
  3. ^ Fraser, Mark (2 April 2013). "Autistic Society laments 'silent epidemic'...calls for Govt funding". Sunday Express. Archived from the original on 23 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Observing autism awareness month". Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. 6 April 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Autism Awareness Day 2010". Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2015.

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