There are many reasons why I decided to apply for Skillcorps, a program run by the Global Autism Project...
I joined Skillcorps because there are still countries in this world where children with autism are not allowed to go to school. Cultures that believe that people with autism somehow makes them less deserving of learning and acceptance. There are places in the world where families have no help or support, no way to learn how to communicate with their child; where they have to travel hours for services, or where they have to send their children away in order to keep them safe. The Global Autism Project is one of the only organizations that is helping other countries in autism awareness, education, and services.
I joined Skillcorps because their mission is to not only help people and families living with autism reach their fullest potential, but because they are building careers and industries in other countries. They are providing the vehicle for people to pursue their passion of teaching children who may not otherwise have been taught. The Global Autism Project is helping to create experienced professionals, and add to each country's market, instead of providing temporary relief. They are working to develop sustainable business models and practices that will endure long after volunteers have left.
I joined Skillcorps because I believe that it will make me a better clinician. I work with families in the United States from different cultures, and it can be a challenge integrating Western ideal-based ABA with their own beliefs and priorities. I cannot wait to be fully immersed in a different society and challenge my skills, to learn what is important to others in different parts of the world.
SkillCorps team members travel to Global Autism Project partner sites -- all over the world! SkillCorps teams are made up of skilled professionals and Autistic self-advocates working in the field of autism education. Our teams are trained and prepared to support educators, leaders, parents, and advocates working in their own communities. SkillCorps is an innovative travel and training program which encourages collaboration, cultural exchange and understanding, with a focus on sustainable impact. We believe that local people will lead the way in activating acceptance and opportunity for people with autism in their own communities, and our SkillCorps teams are there to support them every step of the way!