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Hi I'm Shannon! I have a passion for working with and helping others. For those of you that have met me, you know that I LOVE what I do and you may have been "lucky" enough to have your ear talked off about it. I work as an ABA therapist. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is the application of the science of behaviour to make meaningful change in socially significant behaviours. It's a super cool science but what I love even more is what I get to do with it. I provide therapy to children with autism. We have tons of fun, and in the process I help kiddos to learn academic, life, and job skills and decrease challenging behaviour that may get in the way of all that life has to offer. Everyday I get to watch kiddos achieve new things and celebrate both small and large accomplishments. In return, I learn alot from them about being an individual, being true to who you are, and enjoying the things in life that make you happy and excited.
I recognize that individuals with autism and their families face countless challenges. These vary based on the individual, culture, and geographical location. Living in Canada, we see individuals with autism in our classrooms, in the media, and working in our community. We wear blue in April and protest to our goverment for supportive legislature. I am SO PROUD to live in a country in which this is the case.
However, across the globe others have a vastly different experience. Autism is not understood, not accepted. These children at the least, do not have access to effective evidence-based therapy, and at the most are hidden away and mistreated. Families sit in fear, unsure of how to help their child. While I get to talk the ear off of everyone I meet about my job and attend conferences in a thriving community of ABA practitioners; elsewhere, teachers work in isolation, stretched to their limits in resources, education, and experience, but with a purpose no different than mine: to help others achieve the things themselves or others never thought possible.
ABOUT SKILL CORPS
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!
WHAT I'M DOING
I am fundraising for the organization and will be travelling to Saudi Arabia in June/July 2020. There, I will provide training and suport to a partner agency that is already doing incredible work with individuals with autism. I will challege myself to work with other professionals, under different frameworks, and in a new cultural context. I will leave having made a sustainable impact on our partners that will continue to grow and create meaningful and lasting change in their community; and with new experiences, skills, and outlooks that will be invaluable in making me a better individual and clinician to the people I serve at home.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you believe in increasing access and acceptance on a global scale. If you think it's important to disseminate knowledge and science to help others around the world. If you simply, believe in me and what I can accomplish during and after this trip. PLEASE DONATE!! You are not simply funding my trip. A donation is support for this work and the ongoing training of partners (this happens year round = sustainability!!).
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me, some of the things I love and am passionate about, and the mission of the Global Autism Project. I am incredibly grateful for any donation!