Welcome to The Jamaican Association on Intellectual Disabilities website
Welcome to the redesigned, renamed, refreshed, refocused website of the Jamaican Association on Intellectual Disabilities, JAID! We are especially glad to have you visit our site as we celebrate this milestone in the association’s history.
Our name was legally changed on May 15, 2009 to the Jamaican Association on Intellectual Disabilities (JAID) signaling our commitment to consistently advocate for, implement, and facilitate measures to strengthen the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities and promote their participation in society. As we are in our 54th year of existence, there have been many occasions for change. International organizations, parents, professionals and other stakeholders had voiced concerns about pejorative connotation of the term “mental retardation’’. To this end, the global community is continuously seeking new ways to dispel the myths and eradicate prejudice that surround this population. Providing accurate and appropriate information for the public and addressing the stigma that surrounds intellectual disabilities is critical to achieving this goal. In fact, this Association in recognition of global emerging trend has changed its name three (3) times.