More resources for parents with autistic kidsMonday, April 02, 2012
THE Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation kiosk located at the Tom Redcam Library in St Andrew now has two new resources guaranteed to assist parents of autistic kids and others.
The material added to the kiosk represent detailed research on the autism situation in Jamaica, done at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and University of Technology (UTech).
One of the works given to the kiosk, which is resourced by Courts Jamaica Limited, is titled Social Investment in Children, The Case of Autistic Children (Jamaica) authored by Sheena Marie Francis.
In her work, Francis does a comprehensive examination of "the trajectories of autistic children and their specialised needs", and further explores possible policy interventions to address this social issue.
Her work received an ‘A’ from UWI, where she studied the subject at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies.
Another document that will join Francis’ work, is that of four students of the College of Health Sciences, School of Allied Nursing at UTech.
That work is titled Parenting Children with Autism: Coping Strategies of Parents with Children who have Autism in Kingston and Jamaica.
The work was researched and developed by Avra Var Bassaragh, Sherone Lotoya Barnes, Nadine Angella Chevannes and Francisca Onyedikachi Odimgbe.
The work was carried out as a part of the young women’s fulfilment of the award of their bachelor’s degrees in nursing.
Both works were completed last year and contain up-to-date material that can be used by persons in the autism segment of society to move forward and spur progress.
"We cannot address the problem if we continue to measure our situation with other countries," Maia Chung, managing director of the foundation said.
She said time has long passed for more and more local research and investigations in order for Jamaica to treat with our problems in this area.
Members of the public can visit the library to view the material.