As a non-profit association created in 2004, our mission is to help children in Macau who are suffering from communication, developmental and learning disorders by offering therapy services, based on a child's needs, so that these children can grow into independent and productive citizens of Macau.
For the years 2011, 2012 and onwards, MCDA’s main focus has been and is still our aim to improve the quality of services: better premises, increase our manpower as is needed in areas such as administrative professionals, specialists, therapists, materials and assessment tools, raise the number of sessions and services to meet the children’s needs rather than MCDA financial situation, as it is sadly currently happening! It is unfair for the children and their families not to receive services according to their needs, as each child is equal and deserves equal opportunities to achieve and reach for the stars, as it is our motto.
To achieve our motto (“Help children reach for the stars!”) and address all our children and families’ needs, we have been developing a life-span approach, based on their individual characteristics, namely: age, mother tongue, nationality, financial situation, in order to help them grow and reach their full potential; and prevent them from further and serious consequences to their future, such as dropping out of school, substance abuse, and delinquency. This includes helping them to develop new skills and self-awareness.
MCDA activities and projects’ main focus is early intervention / primary prevention. To achieve it, MCDA has developed a series of programs and intervention services to address the different stages of a child development.
Each service program composes of different levels and the scope models of services are divided into subcategories such as On-Site Settings, Home Based, Educational Settings such as nurseries, primaries and secondary schools to Universities, tutorial centers, and other organizations in English, Portuguese and Cantonese languages upon professional’s availability.