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Jamaica Association For The Deaf

Address: Head Office: 9 Marescaux Road, Kingston 5 / Administrative Office: Hope Estate, Papine, Kingston 6
Phone: (876) 970-1778-9
Fax: (876) 927-1098
Web Site:
Open: Clinic: Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Contact: Mrs. Iris Soutar, Executive Officer
Phone: (876) 970-1778-9
Fax: (876) 927-1098


The Jamaica Association for the Deaf was established in 1938 and has been government aided since the 1970s.

Our strategic goals are:

1-      To increase the number of literate deaf and hard of hearing children and adults through the strengthening of policies, standards, resources, and capacity building of teachers, parents and deaf community for support of more effective educational programmes.

2-      To increase access of deaf persons to basic health and social support services by empowering service providers and strengthening interpreting services.

3-      To increase the effectiveness and viability of hearing assessment services by strengthening capacity and improving the quality of customer service.


Vision Statement:           A Jamaica in which Deaf persons are empowered to fully participate in nation building

Mission Statement:        To effectively manage resources for education, hearing and social services and advocacy in

collaboration with key partners for the advancement of deaf and hard of hearing persons.


Services Provided

Our Programmes:

  1. Special Education and Vocational Training
  2. Social support services for Deaf persons and their families
  3. Hearing assessment, enhancement and conservation services
  4. Public Education and Community development 

Eligibility Criteria

Member of the deaf community

Cost Of Registration


Cost of Registration/Enrollment


Hearing Tests: $1500


Schools:  Cost vary if the mobile unit is used or a quiet room is used


Process Of Registration


Hearing Test


1.       Make an Appointment

2.       School

3.       Screening Process

4.       Hearing Test

5.       Referred to a school or medical personnel based on location


Benefits Provided



·         7 educational units for the Deaf

·         Training in Jamaican Sign Language; Sign Language classes ($6,000 10-Week course plus $2,500 for course handbook) 

·         Opportunities to sit CAPE and CXC 

  • Special Education Assessment & Placement
  • Integration Support



  • Hearing Assessment – Special clinics, subsidized services and home based testing available
  • Dispensing of Hearing Aids, hearing protection and other hearing enhancement devices
  • Hearing Screening Programme in Schools – Offered in both urban and rural areas\
  • Industrial Hearing Screening and Sound Pressure Level measurement
  • Aural rehabilitation counseling
  • Hearing Aid Repair



Family Services

  • Public Education for Deaf Awareness
  • Educational Placement of Deaf Children and Comprehensive training for parents
  • Parent counselling and guidance for family related issues, drug addiction and HIV/AIDS affected families
  • Empowerment for advocacy
  • Student sponsorship programme
  • Referrals and assistance in accessing other services

    Interpreting Services
  • Interpreting Services for Court cases and Medical visits are available on request
  • Sign Language Training for parents, health and social support providers and corporate entities
  • Training of Interpreters
  • Advocacy and public sensitization


Adult Deaf Services

  • Small business loan financing for Deaf persons
  • Social support services
  • Empowerment programmes
  • Guidance and counseling
  • Job placement, assistance with job letters & résumés and welfare services
  • Employee, employer counselling for effective integration of hearing impaired persons in the workplace


Other Useful Information


Name of School/Unit


Contact person & number

Email Address

Jamaica Association for the Deaf – Administration

Hope Estate, Papine, Kingston 6

Mrs. I. Soutar, 970-1778-9

Hearing Services / Capital Hearing Services

9 Marescaux Road, Kingston 5

Mrs. J. Coward-Fearon, 906-6808 or 926-7001

Social Services

2B Camp Road, Kingston 5

Ms. S. Lee,


Lister Mair – Gilby High School

Hope Estate, Papine, Kingston 6

Mrs. V. Souza-McKenzie


Danny Williams School for the Deaf and JAD Pre School

Hope Estate, Papine, Kingston 6

Mrs. M. Simmonds,

927-1293; 977-1082 (PSch),

St. Christopher’s School for the Deaf

Brown’s Town, St. Ann

Ms. M. Simpson


May Pen Unit

Woodside, Clarendon

Mrs. W. Rhoden


Port Antonio Unit

Port Antonio, Portland

Mrs. A. Smallhorne


Excelsior Educational Unit

5 Courtney Avenue, Kingston 3

Mrs. D. Williams


Continuing Education Unit

Hope Estate, Papine, Kingston 6

Mrs. W. Dyce


JAD Binders

Hope Estate, Papine, Kingston 6

Mrs. M. Hinds/ Mr. D. Brooks



Collaborating organisation

Nature of collaboration

CBR Organisations

Child Find

Ministry of Education

Funding and Programme Standards

Health Care System

Health Care

Community Development Groups

Community development and support for schools