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#31 Days of Youth – Maya Nanan

#31 Days of Youth – Maya Nanan

Our outstanding youth for today is another recipient of this year’s Diana Award, Maya Nanan, a 16-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago. Since her brother’s autism diagnosis, Maya has sought to make Trinidad and Tobago a place that is inclusive of those with autism and other special educational needs. Maya established the powerful ‘Siblings and Friends Network’, which includes a team of 200 youth volunteers who advocate for inclusivity. She also does community educational outreach programmes as well as organises events such as Autism Fun Days, Christmas parties and summer camps. Under her leadership, this group not only advocates for opportunities for people with special educational needs but they also fundraise to create and provide these opportunities themselves.

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