In January 2020, a novel coronavirus spread through China and caught the attention of the world.
While many organizations watched with concern, the Global Autism Project took pause to consider what this could mean for our partners in China, and parts of Asia. We scheduled video calls and worked with them closely as they created solutions for their students in quarantine.
Developing plans for children in quarantine was something we never expected, and we instantly realized this could go global in a matter of weeks.
On February 4, 2020 we made an unpopular decision to cancel our international training trips to ALL countries. This decision instantly altered our future, as we knew we were losing 1/3 of our annual revenue overnight.
We chose the health and safety of our volunteers, our partners, their children, and the world.
Right now, we're optimistic our future training trips will run. But only if the world takes action now, and only if we survive the hit we took in February. The ripple effect of our revenue loss has magnified over the past 5 weeks as international travel remains uncertain.
Today, we're looking at a loss of more than 88% of our annual revenue. Today, we're wondering what this means for the global autistic community we've been supporting for the past 17 years.
We're making a bold request. We're not asking you to expand our reach, we're asking you to save us.
The coronavirus crisis will end. The global autistic community will be waiting for us when it does.
Will you donate to ensure our work does not end?