Growing up in Jamaica you never heard about the term , "Autism." When children acted up or could not speak the parents would just keep their kids home and not send them to school. Little was known about children who exhibited signs of "mental retardation."
Now, not only is their greater knowledge but several centers to deal with this neurological disorder is available. One such center is the PROMISE LEARNING AND TRAINING CENTER. ( center for children with learning disabilities).
The Education Minister Andrew Holness, said the ministry was currently trying to find the founding for additional programs. He stated they would defiantly partner with organizations who provided assistance and quality care for these children.
The Autism Foundation has established an autism hotline manned by volunteer Dr Charles Thesigar. Parents with autistic children can access free counselling by calling 293-3610.
Email Maia Chung-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call the Promise Learning and Training Centre at 906-8283.