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Global Autism Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Disabilities, Health

Mission: We promote the acceptance and integration of individuals with autism worldwide by training communities in culturally relevant, sustainable practices.

Results: We currently have 6 partnerships around the world where were are training dedicated professionals to be able to provide quality services to people with autism through centers of excellence in their communities. Our current partnerships are in Nigeria, Nicaragua, India, Indonesia, Kenya, and Dominican Republic. We have a goal of working with 20 centers by 2020.

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sarah269

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with the organization in 2016. I have traveled 6 times to their partnership sites in the Dominican Republic (3x at 2 different centers), the Netherlands (2x), and the Czech Republic. While the purpose of this organization is to help others around the world by disseminating ABA, I have gained as much as I have given. By that, I mean that I have seen a marked improvement in myself in the following ways: clinical skills, programming, leadership, and communication with clients and their families. I highly recommend this organization to anyone interested in sustainable practices and the dissemination of ABA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered with the Global Autism project three times. This is a fantastic organization that creates sustainable change throughout the world. By focusing services towards training clinicians and engaging in community outreach, the Global Autism Project is able to improve the educational services for individuals with autism for years to come. This experience has helped me grow personally and professionally. With each trip, I feel as if I learned more about my field in 2 weeks than in a year back home. At first it became an annual trip that renewed my spirt and reaffirmed my commitment to the field. Now I am traveling twice a year and feel fantastic!

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Michelle T.6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that understands what it means to work with the people for the people . So proud to have worked alongside some brilliant change makers !

1 Swathi S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Autism Project has a clear and sustainable vision. It’s goal is to empower teachers and staff around that world that work with kids with autism. I traveled with Skillcorps twice and both times I grew as a person and felt so amazing to have been able to volunteer my time!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Autism Project has challenged me to support my passion for dissemination of ABA and sustainability with meaningful action.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Changing the world one partner site at a time! Everyone at this organization and each of their volunteers are committed to respecting the dignity and autonomy of their partners and ensuring they “do with, not for”. Volunteering here was a challenging and life-changing experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I travelled as a Skillcorps member with Global Autism Project in July of 2019. This organization has continued to work towards curating meaningful trainings for partner sites around the world, and increasing cultural competence for current providers for individuals with autism. I had a great experience in Kenya and truly feel this organization’s commitment to sustainable support for ABA centers around the world has allowed this organization’s partnerships to be so successful!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is doing great things and supporting kids with autism around the world! Their employees and volunteer truly care about the children and staff they work with!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Digs deep into sustainability and collaborating with the autism professionals that WANT help. Wonderful experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization changed my outlook on the world and made me a better person and clinician. I am forever grateful to be a part of this mission.

1 Lisa Tolson

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor to the Global Autism Project I have to say that I am so excited about the enthusiasm and commitment of the Global Autism Project staff. I also truly love the way that the volunteers who travel with SkillCorps find such value in their trips around the world. Giving of their time and talents by training staff members at centers far and wide to further the vision of Global Autism Project and, through that, touching the lives of so many individuals therefore impacting the world in ways that will show for generations to come!

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” ~ Dalai Lama.

2 Anna R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the Global Autism Project to help make a difference. What I didn't know was that I would be joining a movement of change-makers working to create sustainable change in the world. I wasn’t aware of the magnitude of dedication and skill already existing at our partner sites. The Global Autism Project works to empower the local experts and always strives to maintain a sustainable model. Becoming involved has changed my life!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Best organization ever, we partnered with them few months ago, and they are doing an amazing job helping us to help our kids. What can i talk about? Their strategy of (do it with, not for)? Or the sustainability of their approach? The Quality of their work? The global movement they are creating?
We are in love with these people and their model of operations.

2 Chris P.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled with Global Autism Project this summer, to Nanjing China. Not only was the experience transformative, affirming, and restorative for myself and my career, I was blown away by the organization's commitment to its message. The GAP truly practices sustainability in its interventions, fully committing to raising up the service providers it partners with in countries across the globe - doing with, not for!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been donors since 2017. Our daughter started as a volunteer, going to India, and has become an employee of Global Autism Project. Through her involvement in this organization we have watched her grow professionally and personally. Because of her affiliation with Global Autism Project we have learned so much about autism, how autism is dealt with in other countries and the valuable lessons that are learned by both the partner organizations and the volunteers and leaders. We think that anyone who is considering becoming a volunteer should take the journey and enjoy this life changing opportunity.

3 Samantha L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

#DoWithNotFor
Global Autism Project’s model of sustainable staff consultation abroad is setting the standard of how international volunteer work should be always.

2 Rebecca M.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SkillCorps helped me learn more about Autism on a global scale and made we want to continue to raise awareness about #DoWithNotFor

2 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled with the Global Autism Project in 2019 to Kenya and had a wonderful experience! This is an organization that has its values in the right place. There is a tremendous focus on working "with not for" partner sites and on creating sustainable change driven primarily from the people at the partner site. I am excited to continue to be a part of this incredible organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled with Global Autism Project in 2014 and am traveling again next summer! When I went to Peru we worked with a center there and provided staff training and support across a two week period. Unlike other organizations which do work for their partners, we worked with the center in Peru and asked the staff to tell us about what they needed support around. We then provided training in those areas. We also did outreach to parents and families to help build awareness and inclusion for people with Autism. I can’t say enough about the incredible work this organization does to empower local communities and create sustainable change. I highly recommend traveling, volunteering, and supporting this organization!

3 Mandy Wilkerson C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with the Global Autism Project was in 2017 when I traveled to India with SkillCorps. I never could have imagined the impact that a 2 week trip would have on my life. I quickly learned SkillCorps is more than a two-week trip, it's about activating lasting change in communities across the globe!

One of the things that makes the Global Autism Project stand out most is that the organization focuses on #DoWithNotFor. All of the international partners that are working with the Global Autism Project have applied to become a partner. The Global Autism Project does not seek out partnerships and never goes where they are not wanted. The SkillCorps program focuses on engaging with an empowering international partners through hands-on training using the resources that the partner sites have available to them. Having the chance to meet multiple international partners has shown me that this model works, and that the partners are just as enthusiastic about working with the Global Autism Project as I was.

Through my experiences with the Global Autism Project I have been pushed out of my comfort zone, and grown exponentially both professionally and personally. I feel that all professionals in the field of Autism Education should experience working with this organization at least once in their life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many years ago I had a dream to bring skilled professionals to communities that needed to build their ability to support those with special needs and find a sustainable way to help the local people expand their capacity to spread awareness, acceptance and quality educational opportunities. I found the Global Autism Project less than a year ago and they are making that dream a reality. Beyond that, my experience with this amazing group of people has helped me to grow as an individual and a professional in more ways than I could have imagined in such a short time. They have become a family of like-minded individuals who support each other and all of their partners around the world to continue to grow and develop.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had an amazing experience with the global autism project!!! This past July I traveled with them to Nanchang China to train teachers of students with autism For two weeks. This was the first volunteer trip I had ever been on because I was wary of other organizations that do not provide sustainable community driven support. This organization is going about helping with a “teach a man to fish” philosophy, Truly bettering each community that it supports.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Global Autism Project and enjoyed seeing the change they are facilating with people around the world! Their mission of sustainable change end empowering locals to build the systems that they know their community needs is effectively changing the lives of people affected by autism and developmental disabilities around the world.

3 Natalie D.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a part of the Global Autism Project & believe in the mission to promote acceptance & integration of people with autism worldwide because I see the value it provides autistic communities. When our international partners feel empowered & I see the staff spending their lives pouring into children who are now building on their own skills/values and having relationships because of new available opportunities - I feel as though the fruit of the work is present and growing. I personally have experienced the effects afterwards, coming back to the US, when families in my own workplace can now connect with me in a more intentional way because my training has given me a sustainable and global mindset where I can appreciate differences more than systems and boundaries.

3 marinacrain

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first traveled with Global Autism Project in June of 2016 and have now traveled on 4 trips and have more in the works. Their focus on sustainability and empowerment of local communities is so incredibly powerful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had such an amazing experience with the Global Autism Project. I have meet so many great people and they do amazing work around the world. I'm grateful to have worked and continue to work with the Global Autism Project.

2 Katie D.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled with the Global Autism Project as a member of Skillcorps in July 2018 to a partner site in Uganda. This organization is built on strong values that promote collaboration, on-going support, and sustainable evidence-based practices for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities around the world. I recently attended leadership academy, which is just one professional development offered to vision and mission oriented professionals among many others, and couldn't feel more prepared as a leader. I highly recommend getting involved to create a world where all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve worked at the Global Autism Project since June of 2018, and I don’t think I’ve worked for an organization that understands what life with autism really is all about. As one of their autistic workers myself, I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised to be around people who genuinely do recognize that high-functioning autistic people like me have 99 problems and autism is just one. Thus, I’ve worked towards creating a self-advocacy training course for autistic people around the world. I am also working on a book called The Writer’s Guide to Autism.

1 Pamela A.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled with the organization to India in February 2018. I am blown away by their ability to create sustainable change for children with disabilities around the world. The experience is one I will never forget. I recently attended their leadership academy and am so excited to stay involved with the project. The trip and the organization continues to have an amazing impact on my life professionally and personally.

1 Dewanna S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Global Autism Project Is providing unique opportunities for individuals around the world to recieve sustainable training and help their community of people with autism reach their highest potiential! The organization continues to grow because WE believe everyone deserves a chance to be their best selves!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you ever have doubts of the goodness of people, you need to travel and get to know this amazing non-profit. Passionate people, actual changes, and good hearts. Global autism project has a special place in my heart.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always wanted to travel the world and create meaningful changes using the skills i learned and the science i love, Global Autism Project gave me exactly that! as i traveled with them to Nairobi, Kenya last august.

Being an international student living in a foreign country, i am very particular and careful when dealing with people from different backgrounds and cultures. i don't ever want to impose my views, ideas and what i "think is right" to those who do not share mine. Thankfully, this organization shares that and i felt it first hand. we did not go there with a plan to duplicate a pre-selected model. Instead, we observed and worked with what is there already to improve it. it was challenging, exciting, rewarding and a great learning process for everyone involved.

From my short experience with this organization, i can confidently say that creating a sustainable change is possible and is very much beautiful to see! Thank you Global Autism Project for the coolest, most rewarding, adventurous trip so far!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Indonesia with the Global Autism Project in July 2017, and the experience was nothing short of incredible. I worked closely with other professionals and with the amazing women who work at the center in Jakarta. This organization works tirelessly to educate the world and improve the lives of individuals with autism everywhere! Sustainable practice ensures that the work this organization does throughout the world is maintained and carried on with Independence in partner sites. It has been a privilege volunteering , and I am looking forward to my next trip with the Global Autism Project.

6 Kelly C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had such an amazing experience with the Global Autism Project. Collaborating with autism professionals worldwide through my trip to Nicaragua was incredible and was beneficial to all partners involved! I highly recommend getting involved in this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My journey with global autism project began October of 2015. Since then I have been to three different countries, met people that have become concrete parts of my life, experienced soul changing events and strive to see the success and importance of this work spread everywhere. It is so important and since being apart of this organisation my life has truly been impacted in the best way!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After spending time in Kenya collaborating with other skillcorps members and the staff at Kaizora I have returned thrilled to be planning my second trip with Global Autism Project! The way they help disseminate ABA world wide and empower those who are spreading autism acceptance within their country is amazing. There is no way that I can see myself stepping away from an organization that is doing so much great things globally.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My trip to Kenya with the Global Autism Project was a life changing experience. The dedicated volunteers and staff of Global Autism Project are doing amazing work all around the globe. I am proud to be a member of their extended family!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Kenya this past year with the Global Autism Project and was forever changed!

The work and energy that goes in to create and promote autism awareness around the world is truly incredible. Not only are we able to spread the word, we're able to create sustainable change that influences the lives of many. So fortunate to be apart of an organization doing so much good for communities around the world!