Nineteen people with disabilities or other special needs received certificates on Friday for completing various activities as part of the Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network.

The award ceremony was held Friday during Christmas in the City on a day that is also recognised as the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

“The goal is to engage persons with disabilities and challenges through relevant and motivating courses to achieve meaningful learning outcomes, which elevate them to go on to further education, training and work, and empower them to take control of their lives,” said Lorna Dawson, the head of the Disabilities Unit in the Social Development Department. “This is done by developing courses with an accessible and practical pedagogy for learners and by supporting partner educators to foster the personal, social and work-related abilities of young people in greatest need.”

ASDAN is a British education charity that provides regulated qualifications, accredited curriculum programmes, and other courses to help young people develop knowledge and skills for learning, work and life, according to government.

Ms. Dawson explained that the Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre and BVI Services already utilise some of the organisation’s programmes.

Clients at BVI Services also have participated in the Towards Independence Programme, which provides certifications for various activities they carry out.