Jamaica Association On Intellectual Disabilities

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    The Jamaican Association on Intellectual Disabilities (JAID) (formerly the Jamaican Association on Mental Retardation – JAMR) in a non-governmental organization which was founded in 1956 by Randolph Lopez, a parent of a child with Down Syndrome. Since that time the Association has been providing leadership in the field of Intellectual Disabilities and is today the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organisation of professionals and volunteers concerned about Intellectual Disabilities and other Developmental Disabilities. It is a non-governmental agency that enjoys a partnership with the Government of some of its programs. It is a national body with branches across the island and enjoys a solid track record in its field of operation.

    Vision – The ultimate goal of the JAID is to provide the kind of dynamic leadership, advocacy and influence that will facilitate the full integration and inclusion of persons with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities in society.

    Mission – The Jamaican Association on Intellectual Disabilities (JAID) works through education, advocacy and research to improve the quality of life of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families and work to prevent the causes and the effects of intellectual disabilities.