Mission: A Global Voice for Autism exists to help children with autism in conflict-affected communities communicate independently.
We do this in four ways:
- Community-based parent training cooperative programs where parents learn evidence-based skills for supporting and teaching their children with autism. Families are then guided through the formation of cooperatives where they meet regularly to work with each other’s children. All cooperative participants have access to free online follow-up services with behavior analysis professionals.
- Parent and sibling support and self-development groups which provide parents and siblings with safe spaces to discuss their experiences living with a family member with autism while building confidence and learning strategies for self-care and for interaction with family members with autism.
- Community education initiatives which utilize a variety of approaches including lectures, campaigns and media advertisements to reduce autism stigma in the communities we serve and to foster communities that value the contributions of individuals with autism.
- Private online parent training services in Spanish, English and Arabic that match parents around the world with Board Certified Behavior Analysts for individualized coaching and skills training to enable them to support and teach their children with autism.
Why A Global Voice for Autism?
Melissa established A Global Voice for Autism in 2012 after traveling to Jerusalem and meeting a family of a child with autism from the West Bank. The family asked her for help and told her that, due to the lack of services and autism stigma in their community, they planned to return and hide their daughter in their home. Melissa has a close friend with autism and was shocked to learn that this is the reality for many individuals with autism around the world. Children cannot control where they are born and Melissa believes that a child’s birthplace should not determine his or her opportunities. A Global Voice for Autism strives to make access to communication, education, friendship and community a reality for all children.
To learn more, visit www.aglobalvoiceforautism.org
To support parent training for families of children with autism, click HERE.