This February, I have the incredible opportunity to volunteer my skills as a Special Education Teacher for The Global Autism Project, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the global gap in the resources and understanding of Autism. They are committed to empowering communities worldwide to address the needs of individuals affected by Autism through education, outreach, training, and the promotion of acceptance and compassion. I am incredibly excited to have been selected to volunteer at Centro Enigma's new satellite program in Manta, Ecuador. There, I will work alongside a team of other professionals to help train local educators in culturally relevant and sustainable practices.
This organization and opportunity are especially meaningful to me because I've worked with children with Autism for over 13 years. As a teacher, I have watched the challenges my students have had to overcome. I understand the importance of having a strong support network of professionals, and a loving family, to thrive and succeed. Improving the quality of life of my students and their families has become my passion.
Over the years, I've learned from the families of my students that in their native countries, they would not have access to services. The reality is that across the world, millions of children with Autism have no access to education. Many of my own families have told me that they often are hidden from their communities. Teachers have little or no access to proper training that would support autistic students, and families have no support networks. I want to help build a world in which all individuals affected by Autism have access to services that will enable them to be productive members of their societies.
To make this trip possible, I have committed to fundraising a minimum of $5000 on behalf of the Global Autism Project and SkillsCorps. I would very much appreciate any donations you could provide!! The money raised will go towards the Global Autism Project whose mission is to build local capacity to provide services to individuals with Autism in under-served communities worldwide.
For more information, please feel free to message me or visit globalautism.org for more details of the work already being done. I hope you'll consider supporting me on this unbelievable journey.