Monday 13 July, 2020

Barbadian teen Special Olympian tops her graduation class

Tiffany Branch

Tiffany Branch

Tiffany Branch, who has won a gold and silver medal for her country Barbados in the most recent Special Olympics World Summer Games, held in 2015 in Los Angeles, is now the Valedictorian in her graduating class.

Set to walk across the stage and accept her scroll tomorrow, Branch is one of 18 special needs teen Special Olympic athletes over the age of 16 who have successfully completed the Special Olympics Barbados Outreach and Skills Training Programme, funded by the European Union.

When the 18 intellectually disabled young adults don caps and gowns, they will take a significant step in their journey to full inclusion in the Barbadian society. They have successfully completed the 2017-2018 academic year, which included courses in basic Mathematics, basic English, Agricultural Studies, Housekeeping, Life skills, Vocational skills and Computer Studies.

Joining Valedictorian Branch will be her fellow graduates Denecia Asgill, Narresa Best, Sherrie-Ann Burnett, Danielle Chambers, Nashon Chase, Keisha Cruickshank, Alana Forde, Sherwin Gibbons, Lee-Ann Gittens, Jelecia Henry, Felicia Mc Lennan, Shanice Morris, Tricia O’Neal, Angia Peters (absentia), Pedro Phillips, Shamar Smith, Roseann Tull and Natasha Ward.

This is the second graduating class from the Special Olympics Barbados Outreach and Skills Training Programme and Centre, located on Harbour Road in Bridgetown. The European Union-funded programme trains intellectually disabled persons, 16 years of age and older, equipping them to apply for and obtain positions within the Barbadian workforce and promotes understanding, acceptance and inclusion. 

The graduation ceremony is open to the public and will be held tomorrow, Saturday, July 7, 10:00 am, at the Church of God, Chapman Street, Bridgetown.

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