Wed | Dec 11, 2019

Mico graduate students advocate for special needs

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 6:32 AM

From left: Nordia Bailey, Jacqueline Archibald, and Joan Phillips-Bennett, graduate students of The Mico University College who recently launched an initiative for special needs in education.
From left: Nordia Bailey, Jacqueline Archibald, and Joan Phillips-Bennett, graduate students of The Mico University College who recently launched an initiative for special needs in education.

Graduate students of The Mico University College launched their initiative for children with special needs in education.

On November 18, three graduate students from the Special Education Department – Joan Phillips-Bennett, Jacqueline Archibald, and Nordia Bailey – hosted a seminar that focused on educating teachers and parents about policies and safeguards that need to be implemented for students to benefit from Jamaica’s education system.

They highlighted the minimal funding and resources that prevent the effectiveness of the Disabilities Act (2014) from having a positive effect on the Jamaican population as persons with special needs need more support.

Guest speakers Antonica Gunter-Gayle, executive director of Early Stimulation Programme, and Vivian Blake from the Ministry of Education (Special Education Unit), spoke about the importance of intervention and the need for the Special Education Policy to be passed by the Cabinet.

The hosts of the seminar titled ‘Special Needs Need Special Care’ are slated to conduct more seminars to bring awareness and garner support for their initiative in order to better assist communities, parents and teachers with resources to create the least restrictive environment in classrooms across Jamaica and to help bridge the gap that will result in more successes in school and a more inclusive environment for children and adults in the long run in Jamaica.

To connect with these advocates, join their community pages on:

Facebook: @advocatesforspecialneedsja

Instagram: @advocates4specneedsja

Email: advocates4specneedsja@gmail.com