- We exist to address the needs of individuals with Autism in under-served communities Worldwide, to address the fear that plagues families of individuals with Autism where there are few resources, and little or no understanding of Autism.
- We address these needs by first establishing and utilizing any available resources and setting up partnerships to work with the local organizations currently providing services.
- The fundamental belief that all individuals with Autism and their communities deserve effective resources guides our work, as well as the belief that education leads to understanding and acceptance of differences.
In September of 2003, Molly Ola Pinney moved to Ghana to continue providing ABA therapy services for a child she worked with in Seattle. When his family decided to move to Ghana, the care of their child with Autism was a concern. They felt their only option was to bring their own therapist to Ghana with them. After being in Ghana for less than two months, several families had sought Molly’s assistance in gaining resources to help their children.
One Ghanaian mother whose child was diagnosed while briefly living outside of the country told Molly: “When my child was diagnosed with Autism, I would have preferred the diagnosis was a terminal illness, I was so scared. It has taken me years to get to the point of talking about it without breaking down.”
Though she felt alone and isolated, she was not. Stories like hers were overwhelmingly shared. These stories kept Molly up at night and it was from them that the Global Autism Project was born!
Today the work of the Global Autism Project spans three continents and has affected the lives of thousands of people with autism.