Top 20 Facts About the Global Autism Project

  1. There are an estimated 70 million people in the world with autism. 85% of them live in developing countries where resources are scarce. The Global Autism Project is 100% committed to reducing this disparity.
  2. Both the United Nations and the World Health Organization agree that autism is one of the most significant public health issues. They urge organizations and researchers to spend more time investigating autism and helping to treat it across the globe—Global Autism Project is doing just that!
  3. Early intervention works, and early identification is necessary for that to happen!! In the US and other highly-resourced countries, age of diagnosis of autism is usually between 18 months and 3 years, allowing kids to get speedy, effective early intervention. In countries with fewer resources, age of diagnosis is often around 6-8 years. Global Autism Project is helping to lower that number by promoting autism awareness around the world!
  4. In many other countries, resources are so scarce for children with autism that parents are often their only therapist. They are exhausted, over-burdened, and isolated. You can help change that by supporting the Global Autism Project’s mission to train qualified autism therapists all over the world!
  5. Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) is a certification that guarantees you can provide quality, scientifically-proven, effective services for children with autism. There are currently only 54 countries in which BCBAs live and work. That means 139 countries don’t have BCBAs. Help us change that!
  6. Unlike in North America and Europe, most countries are not legally required to provide special education services, so most children with autism never get to go to school. Global Autism Project is working to raise the bar in autism-awareness and teacher training all around the world!
  7. The Global Autism Project supports the development of programs for adults with autism, too. Did you know that only an estimated 4% of adults with autism worldwide are competitively employed? The rest are in sheltered workshops, adult day programs, or at home. Global Autism Project doesn’t just train staff to work with kids—we support adult programming too!
  8. Most international organizations that work with children with autism provide quick trainings with no long-term follow up and no way to measure change. The Global Autism Project partners with centers for 5-7 years AND measures their growth and development, all with the goal of helping them become independent centers of excellence for autism services!
  9. In 2010, the United States published 740 more research articles about autism than any other country. The number of papers in which the primary author was from a developing country was zero. The Global Autism Project is helping to change this by encouraging and training partners to participate in international research and publish ON THEIR OWN instead of claiming the credit!
  10. Not only does the Global Autism Project provide on-going support to its partner countries as far as developing behavior analytic practices and building local capacity, we also provide BCBA supervision. This means that we help individuals we work with at partner sites to gain the experience needed to sit for their boards and become behavior analysts.
  11. The Global Autism Project doesn’t go into a country with preconceived ideas or curricula—we go to an area where there is a demonstrated need, and evaluate specifically what that need is. THEN, we go about finding a sustainable way to help fill that need using LOCAL resources. That’s right—the Global Autism Project supports local economies, too!
  12. The Global Autism Project currently has partners in India, Indonesia, Kenya, and Peru, with new partnership applications coming in from around the world every day! This is truly a GLOBAL effort!
  13. In other countries where services are not available or only very limited, autism is still very stigmatized. Autism is seen as a punishment from God, a curse from the ancestors, or an indication that the family’s bloodline is “polluted”. Parents often don’t know where to turn, who they can talk to, or what they can do to help their child. But with the Global Autism Project, parents are able to come together and see that they are not alone, and that they can get help.
  14. Sometimes it’s easy to get tunnel vision in our corner of the world with what’s going on in our own lives. Traveling with the Global Autism Project changes people’s lives and opens up their world. The more we connect with each other in support of these children, the more we are part of a global movement to get EVERY child EVERYWHERE the services and support they need. And that just feels good!
  15. Before and after all trips to a partner site, the Global Autism Project has regular clinical phone calls via Skype to continue to provide support and training off-site. This ensures that although very helpful, partners don’t come to rely on our presence in-country, and that the help we are providing is sustainable and actually helping!
  16. The Global Autism Project has an ongoing commitment to staying up-to-date on current research and contributing to it, so we can provide the absolute BEST possible training for staff working around the world with kids with autism. The Global Autism Project and partners have been presenting at Association for Behavior Analysis International® conference for 8 years (and counting!). It is so important that we keep our methods and our skills current so we can provide the best services possible!
  17. The Global Autism Project is dedicated to putting everything we say into practice, by hiring people from different places, perspectives, and backgrounds. The Global Autism Project employs individuals from other countries as well as an adult with autism. Now that’s talking the talk and walking the walk!
  18. The Global Autism Project provides such high quality clinical services that people from ALL OVER THE WORLD seek BCBA supervision from us—not just our partners! Global Autism Project has supervised individuals on almost every continent!! (Not Antarctica.)
  19. The Global Autism Project is committed to collaboration and idea exchange. Global Autism Project welcomes SkillCorps applicants from all walks of life who have quality experiences and training to contribute. Past SkillCorps team members have been ABA therapists, BCBAs, special ed/general ed teachers, speech language pathologists, business people, respite care providers, psychologists, photographers, parents of children with autism…. And many more!! It’s a global, multi-disciplinary movement for change!
  20. The Global Autism Project started with ONE ABA therapist working with ONE child with autism in ONE country (Ghana). Now we train and supervise people on 6 continents to change the lives of hundreds of people with autism EVERY YEAR!! One person, one idea, or one dollar can change the world. Be the change you want to see in the world.

 

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2 comments on “Top 20 Facts About the Global Autism Project
  1. David Freiman says:

    Wow! Please repost this as a table or diagram showing how GAP works on each of these issues! Keep up the amazing work!

  2. David Freiman says:

    #18 — aren’t there any penguins considering a BCBA?

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