First week in, and we're a quarter of the way there!
February 21, 2017
BENEFITING: GLOBAL AUTISM PROJECT
ORGANIZER: GLOBAL AUTISM PROJECT
I cannot speak for the millions of parents who have a child with autism. I cannot speak for the siblings and the children who face the challenges every single day.
All I can do is tell you about autism, in my own way. As someone who has loved a child with autism; who has celebrated the tiny happinesses of their first sound at the age of 7; who has seen the tantrums of an 11yr old taller than myself; who has been bitten, scratched at, and kicked at but also hugged, played with and laughed with.
When I told people about the Global Autism Project and about SkillCorps, I thought everyone would jump at the idea of helping kids with autism. I didn't realise that while I have first hand seen the challenges and happinesses that autism can give us, not everyone knows nearly as much.
People don't know enough about autism. It's that simple. Scientists don't know enough about the causes. Communities don't know enough about the challenges. Caregivers don't know enough about how to help.
People don't realise that autism isn't just about gifted people or hidden talents. It's the heart-breaking feeling that a family gets when their first-born child is diagnosed with a disorder that has no known cure. It's the guilt a parent feels that they could've done something different to prevent this. It's the anxiety they feel at every.single.step when they try to find therapy that works. It's the hopelessness they feel when they can't find good quality services for their child, or *any* services for that matter. It's the anger they feel when their child isn't accepted in a mainstream school because he hums a lot. It's the hope they feel when therapy shows progress and they see their 6yr old finally toilet trained. It's the joy they feel when their 7yr old can finally ask for water when he's thirsty. It's the desperation they feel when services become too expensive to continue after seeing their child progress so much.
We live in a world where communities and our social networks can either unite us, or make us feel isolated, all in one breath.
The Global Autism Project is a non-profit organisation that trains staff and families in under-served communities around the world. By providing this training and continuous support, the Global Autism Project opens doors for communities to acknowledge the challenges of autism and accept that individuals *need* support and integration.
Donations to the Global Autism Project go directly towards training, resources and program development. So every dollar donated is one step closer to better education and better resources.
Better resources mean a better quality of life.
Let us be a community that unites, not isolates.
GLOBAL AUTISM PROJECT wrote -
SkillCorps Volunteers traveling to Indonesia in July of 2017 will be assisting with training in the Hi-5 Center for children with autism in Jakarta. The center is run by a fantastic team of clinicians and volunteers who are thirsty for the expertise of our SkillCorps team!