Friday, September 5, 2014

Jamaica Autism Support Association Activities

The Jamaica Autism Support Association is one of the organizations in the island which works to improve knowledge of the disorders that can affect people during their younger years. The association has been in existence for more than five years and has helped to raise awareness of autism throughout the country.

The support group was founded by parents who have autistic children. The president is Cathy Chang, who is also a co-founder. The group also consists of caregivers and other professionals who work with individuals with autism. More than 200 people are a part of the Association at present.

The Jamaica Autism Support Association hosts a wide range of family activities as well. Some of these are sponsored by corporate bodies in the Caribbean island. For example, Digicel, the Jamaica Surfing Association and the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights have worked with the Association to host an annual day of surfing.

The most recent event was held in 2013 at Cable Hut Beach in St. Thomas, Jamaica. St. Thomas offers excellent opportunities for surfing. The parish hosts the largest competitive surfing event in the English speaking Caribbean. Kids at the day of surfing were able to interact with professional surfers and learn new skills.

The Jamaica Autism Support Association hosts activities that attract attention, are fun and are educational. Emancipation Park in Jamaica is located in the center of business activities in Kingston, the nation’s capital. The Association held a balloon release in the park one Saturday, to recognize World Autism Awareness Day. The colorful, biodegradable balloons lit up the April day and produced great photo opportunities and smiles on the faces of onlookers.

The organization hosts workshops for parents, teachers and other stakeholders. The group publishes information on their blog, and hosts regular autism group support meetings. You can visit the Jamaica Autism Support Association at their website,

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