The Global Autism Project partnership with AACT in Accra, Ghana was the first partnership created by Molly Ola Pinney in 2003 when she moved to Ghana and began working in the field with children with autism. Since 2003, AACT's presence in the community has increased dramatically, as has awareness of autism.
AACT and their founder Mrs. Serwah Quaynor, a mother of a child with autism, have worked to provide both educational and extracurricular activities for children with autism that include ABA therapy as well as sensory integration therapy and art and music therapy. Awareness campaigns have also been a focus of AACT's mission.
In 2011, the Global Autism Project worked in partnership with AACT and other Ghanaian organizations to hold the first annual International Autism Policies and Practices conference in West Africa! This conference brought together parents and professionals from all over West Africa to discuss autism in their communities - for the first time in history!
At this revolutionary event, Autism Society of West Africa, (ASWA) was formed. This mission of the Autism Society of West Africa is: To heighten regional autism awareness, increase sustainable autism support networks and ultimately create effective system change, by connecting people affected by autism in West Africa.
(video is used with permission from Robin Pierro)