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Georgetown, Guyana – (April 27, 2017) First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, today, paid a visit to the Step by Step Foundation’s school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) located on the East Bank Public Road, Bagotstown, to get a personal look at its operations.

Eighteen children from ages three to fourteen are enrolled in the school.

The First Lady interacted warmly with the children and participated in their morning activities, which included “Circle” sessions where they counted, sang nursery rhymes and other songs designed to boost their communication skills.

First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger (centre) and Dr. Suraiya Ismail, Chairperson of the Step by Step Foundation interact with Ms. Deborah Seebarran, whose son is enrolled at the school.

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First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger (centre) and some of the tutors of the Step by Step Foundation school. Dr. Suraiya Ismail, Chairperson of the Foundation is pictured second from left.

Chairperson of the foundation, Dr. Suraiya Ismail, said that they were pleased to welcome the First Lady to the school. “Most important of all [we] welcome her here as patron, and to show her how we manage the children because it is a very individualised programme and she is going around [the classrooms] seeing the different aspects of it,” she said.

The Foundation opened its school in September 2011.

On April 2, the First Lady joined the Foundation and Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited, in their annual ‘Light it up Blue’ Autism Awareness Walk aimed at raising funds for the construction of a new school at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara.

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