The Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation (MCADF) is pleased to announce the additional expansion of its scholarship fund geared towards Jamaican Autism students in the traditional academic schooling system in the island nation.
Founder of the MCADF Maia Chung says, “This is great step forward our work …it has been rough for our solely donor based work. We hope for more because we need more to help as many as possible.”
The scholarship is the only established official fund; upon which Autism affected families can call upon to fund the education and therapy needs of Jamaican Autistic students at the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary level.
The fund this week received over JMD 1.2 million in donation funds from Dolphin Cove Limited Jamaica.
Dolphin Cove Jamaica is a marine attraction in Jamaica at which guests can swim and interact with dolphins, sharks, and stingrays in their natural environment. Visitors may also interact with other species including iguanas, snakes and a variety of birds as well as other marine creatures in the Jungle Trail Walk. Dolphin Cove has been the recipient of many awards and is considered the number one attraction in Jamaica.
The company operates three facilities on the island: Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and Lucea, which is claimed to be the largest natural dolphin lagoon in the world
Managing Director of the MCADF Wickham Smith indicated that the donations will be in the main… channeled to the organisation’s Scholarship mechanism and Secretariat development activities.
Launched in 2015 in tandem with the Ministry of Education in Jamaica and the Government of Jamaica, the Foundation made its first award to Shemari Smart a primary level Autistic student, deemed the best candidate in 2016.
The awardee for 2017 is yet to be announced, confirmed MCADF Managing Director Wickham Smith.
The Foundation will be ten years old in 2018. The decade has been spent building programs and awareness about Autism issues in Jamaica and forging relationships with organisations globally attuned to Autistic people, like Autism Speaks…to specifically provide more options for Jamaican Autism affected persons everywhere.
The organization is a nonprofit and non-governmental and has helped Autism affected families worldwide.
See www.mcadf.org for more information on the Foundation…click Foundation Bio to see what the Foundation has done. Watch special broadcast programs on the Jamaican Autism situation on The Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation channel on YouTube.