American University of Antigua (AUA) reaffirmed its commitment to improve the quality of life for the nation of Antigua and Barbuda with a donation of computers to the Antigua & Barbuda Centre for Dyslexia Awareness (ABCDA). On June 15, 2011, in a ceremony on the AUA campus, AUA Director of IT Barrymore Warren presented four computers pre-loaded with the Units of Sound computer literacy software to Kim Martin, ABCDA Vice President, Corrette Samuel, ABCDA Education Committee Chairperson, and Suzette Smith, ABCDA Education Program Coordinator. 

The ceremony was the highlight of an outreach visit performed by Warren and Davern Benjamin, AUA IT Technician. The pair previously visited ABCDA to discuss the Centre’s needs and to assess how AUA might assist.

“On behalf of AUA, I am happy to make the donation of the computers to the ABCDA,” said Warren.  “We hope that this will be the beginning of a longstanding working relationship with the ABCDA.  Additionally, the IT Team will volunteer our technical expertise to the maintenance of the center’s computer network and is committed to assisting, where they can, with IT support in the future.

In acknowledging the generous donation, Martin said, “On behalf of the Antigua Barbuda Centre for Dyslexia Awareness, we would like to thank AUA and the IT team for the donation. The items will be utilized to tutor students and will be put to good use.”

After the brief presentation, the Centre’s staff toured the campus and received first-hand information on AUA’s educational programs and resources. The tour included the Education Department and the Patient Simulation Lab, which features SimMan® 3G, SimBaby™, and Harvey® simulators.