History and Background of Ptolemy Reid

 

History and Background of Ptolemy Reid

The Centre was originally established in January 1967, by the Ministry of Health to provide rehabilitative services for those children who had suffered residual paralysis following the 1960 and 1964 poliomyelitis epidemics.  With control of this disease and therefore the subsequent reduction of these types of cases, the Centre developed into an organization providing comprehensive programmes in rehabilitation for children with various types of physical and other developmental disabilities.

In 1991, in an effort to improve resource acquisition so as to expand and provide quality service more effectively and efficiently, the Centre was de-linked from the Ministry of Health and is now managed by a voluntary Management Committee.  The government provides an annual subvention and professional staff, while the Board raises funds both locally and externally to finance its operations.

With the expansion of the Orthotic and Prosthetic workshop from a small unit catering for the needs of only the children of the Centre, the facility now has the potential to manufacture almost any appliance that may be required by persons with physical disabilities.  In fact, the Directors of the Barr Foundation of Florida who visited were impressed with the Workshop, which they described as better equipped than many they had visited in the   They were also impressed with the skills possessed by the technicians.

In the early nineties, in order to address the needs of the clientele that were now of the adolescent and the young adult age, vocational rehabilitation was introduced.  In 1998, the Centre was also able to implement its Audiology Service for persons with hearing impairments and disabilities. 

 

In 2009, the Centre collaborated with the Guyana Greenheart Society to offer accommodation for their therapy centre for children with Autism.

The Centre is capable of providing services for up to thirty residents while the out-patient clinics register in excess of 100 new patients annually.  The Centre has a policy of whenever possible employing and training persons with disabilities and at present in the areas of nursing, security, special education, clerical section, persons with disabilities are represented.