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Kathy Chang: Ja can eliminate autism stigma

With approximately 700 children born with autism in Jamaica each year, Kathy Chang, co-founder of the non-profit Jamaica Autism Support Association (JASA), wants more to be done to help overcome the stigma associated with the disorder.

Parents encouraged to look out for early signs of autism in children
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In Jamaica, some 678 babies are born with the disorder.
Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be described as a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech, and non-verbal communication.

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Let their personalities shine through!

Sean has mild to moderate autism and also has a developmental delay. When we tell people that Sean is on the spectrum, they will tell you, ‘Oh he doesn’t look autistic, but you have to tell them every time there is not a look’

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What you are looking at in this photo is a model of what love can do. An appreciation for the magnitude of their progress and the determination it took to get this far.

Tegan and Taigan are 13. Tegan has severe autism, and Taigan is high functioning.

My twin sons are people first, their autism is second
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This photo reminds me how much I love my autistic child

My son Adrian has severe autism, and on a scale of 1 to 10 I would say I love him 11. I have a very soft spot for him because he’s a very loving person. Even when autism makes him get frustrated and angry, he will just touch my face and say, ‘Did I hurt you? I am so sorry.’

PBCJ's Morning Coffee Guest - Autism Awareness
Morning Coffee

Prof. Maureen Samms-Vaughan & JASA Parent Nicola Francis talks about Autism and the Jamaica Autism Support Association.