People with Disabilities

Mustard Seed Communities has focused on abandoned children with disabilities primarily because these children are among the most vulnerable and defenceless in any society. Since 1978, MSC has provided care and shelter for children living with varying degrees of disabilities.

Children_with_Disabilities_3Children with disabilities are routinely abandoned in the countries where Mustard Seed Communities operates.

The children of MSC have disabilities that include cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy, blindness, developmental delays, scoliosis, microcephaly, progeria and others. Our objective is to provide these children with a safe and healthy place to live, where they have care and therapy. MSC’s purpose is to advance the moral, mental and physical wellbeing of children with disabilities.

Children_with_Disabilities_1Therapy is a key component of caring for children with disabilities.

Our children with physical disabilities are assessed individually. MSC staff then devises a personal care plan with specific goals for each resident. A minimum of one half hour each day is spent in direct one-on-one contact with every resident. The rest of their time is spent on more passive activities such as correct positioning that does not require constant supervision. Activities in the therapy department include Passive Range of Motion, Active Assisted Range of Motion and Active Range of Motion Exercises, stretching, massages, self-feeding, tactile stimulation, positioning, vestibular stimulation, assisted ambulation, cognitive therapy, coordination and multisensory stimulation.

Adults_Disabilities3MSC strives to ensure that no person is ever abandoned twice.

In Jamaica, there are no facilities – governmental or otherwise – available to take care of individuals with mental and physical disabilities after the age of 18. The vision for Jacob’s Ladder is to fill this void by providing 500 adults with mental and physical disabilities with a home where they can live out their lives in a safe and nurturing environment. Our apostolates that house adult residents aim to provide a place where they can learn skills and apply them directly in their daily lives. Our caregivers work with the residents and help them develop a sense of responsibility.