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Brief History & Milestones


1937- 1939

Formative Years
Founder Rev. F. W. Gilby

 

  • Jamaica Association for the Deaf established in 1938
  • First Adult Deaf Club formed
  • First Unit Class for the Deaf commenced at the Kingston Senior School

 


1940s

Establishment of Deaf Education
C.B. Facey – Chairman

 

  • St. Christopher’s School for the Deaf opened in St. Ann
  • Reliance on expatriate teachers of the Deaf
  • Oralism promoted in school but sign language flourished among deaf students

 


1950s

Development of Deaf Education
Lister Mair – Chairman

 

  • Service Committee mandated to identify and refer deaf children to school
  • Sponsorship of Jamaicans to be trained as teachers of the deaf in Europe
  • Strategic planning and fundraising for programme expansion in Kingston

 


1960s

Expansion of JAD Services
R. Danny Williams – Chairman

 

  • Central administrative office established at 9 Marescaux Road in Kingston
  • Adult services committee develops into Social Services Department
  • Rubella “German Measles” pandemic
  • Lister Mair/Gilby School and Hostel opened at Hope Estate
  • Integrated Unit established at St Hugh’s Preparatory School
  • Sponsorship of Jamaicans to be trained as teachers of the Deaf in Canada and Europe

 

 

1970s
Programme Consolidation
Herbert Hall – Chairman

 

  • JAD schools become grant aided
  • JAD initiates advocacy for Rubella immunization
  • Establishment of the Lister Mair/Gilby Prep, JAD Pre-School Centre, Port Antonio Unit and JAMAL Unit for the Deaf
  • May Pen Unit Class for the Deaf taken over by JAD
  • JAD foster the development of training for teachers of the deaf at Mico and UWI
  • Audiological Services established

 

 

1980s
Deaf Cultural Awareness
Herbert Hall – Chairman

 

  • Total Communication utilised extensively in JAD schools
  • Integrated Unit established at Excelsior Primary School
  • Pre vocational programme developed at Lister Mair/Gilby School

 

 

1990s
Deaf Community Participation
Herbert Hall – Chairman

 

  • Facilities constructed for Danny Williams School and Pre-School Centre at Hope Estate
  • Capital Hearing Services and JAD Binders established
  • JAD participate in framing National Policy on Disability
  • Deaf Advancement Programme launched
  • Lister Mair/Gilby Evening Institute established

 


2000 – 2005
Partnership for Development
Herbert Hall - Chairman

 

  • Deaf community representatives appointed to management committees
  • Bilingual approach to Deaf Education endorsed by JAD Board
  • Deaf adults employed in JAD Schools as language and cultural models
  • JAD support Deaf community advocacy for drivers licences
  • Clinical services upgraded
  • Parent advocacy group established
  • Strong partnerships developed with US groups and professionals

 

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