The Authentic Caribbean Foundation (ACF) will be offering neuro-divergent training this summer to Caribbean educators who work with the Disability community. The program is the result of a partnership between ACF and Lesley University Caribbean Institute, Teaching for Neurodiversity and is geared at addressing the educational needs of neuro-divergent children diagnosed along the spectrum of Autism, ADHD, and Dyslexia. This major initiative will be offered in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, July 26; The Bahamas, August 2; Jamaica, August 9 and Saint Kitts and Nevis August 16. Saint Lucia completed its training on July 12.
Approximately 100 educators from each country will be trained. The training which is virtual will last for one week for each group at the end of which they will receive a certificate of completion. They will have the option to seek further accreditation with the university through an extended program.
According to Co-Directors of the Caribbean Institute, Teaching for Neurodiversity at Lesley University, Drs. Louise Michelle Vital and Amy Gooden, the goal of the Summer 2021 Building Inclusive Teaching and Learning Classrooms, is to provide a series of intensive professional development workshops for educators to examine best practices, current research, and practical tools to create inclusive environments for neuro-diverse students who are diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, and Dyslexia. “As the Institute Co-Directors it is our honor partnering with the Authentic Caribbean Foundation to offer this week-long training program for teachers and educational administrators. We look forward to future opportunities for connection and collaboration.”
The ACF has spearheaded numerous philanthropic and humanitarian efforts across the Caribbean Region over the years providing back to school supplies as well as food and clothing items to the disability and various other communities. The organization is well known and respected in Massachusetts for its community activism around health, education, economic and social causes. According to Andrew Sharpe, founder and chairman, “We are here to serve our community and will continue to explore opportunities that drive the development and growth of our people across the Caribbean Region and the Diaspora.”
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About The Authentic Caribbean Foundation
The Authentic Caribbean Foundation (ACF) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, based in Boston, geared towards transforming the lives of Caribbean children impacted by disabilities and HIV/AIDS and assisting caregivers and institutions.
The Authentic Caribbean Foundation was established in November 2012 and seeks to eliminate poverty through the development of community tourism and other self-sustaining opportunities in the disability and HIV/Aids affected communities. Its long term goal is providing education and training, health services, to children and adults with disabilities and HIV/AIDS within the Diaspora and the Caribbean. ACF seeks, through its mission, to bolster HIV/AIDS research in the Diaspora and the Caribbean.
About Lesley University
Lesley University is uniquely focused on the human arts, with programs that live at the intersection of education, counseling, and the visual arts. As the largest educator of teachers and counselors in New England, we prepare students to impact lives, strengthen communities, and act as catalysts for a more just world. More than 6,000 students study across four colleges—a professionally-focused liberal arts college, an independent college of art and design, a graduate school of education, and a graduate school of social sciences—as well as in the Threshold Program, a residential program for students with learning differences. Spanning from Porter Square to Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we’re in one of the most dynamic learning environments in the country. Our 90,000 alumni work in roles including mental health counselors, educators, expressive arts therapists, business leaders, social workers, designers, and visual artists.