Bringing humanity, support and education to special needs families in dehumanizing situations
Our Founding Story
A Global Voice for Autism was founded in 2012 by Melissa Diamond after she met a family of a young girl with autism during her international travels. The family hid their daughter with autism at home due the autism stigma and lack of services in their community. What started as an effort to help a single child has since grown into a non-profit organization that works globally to provide trauma-informed support to children with autism and their families in communities where their opportunities are limited due to conflict.
To date, A Global Voice for Autism has supported more than 10,000 teachers, families and community members in Turkey, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, the Minneapolis Somali Community, Algeria and Greece and has remotely supported families in Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Syria.
Why We Need Your Help
Because we work in communities that have been affected by conflict and communities with limited resources, the funding available from within these communities is often scarce, although the need for support is significant.
This World Autism Awareness Month, your donations will support the following projects:
Irbid Area Community Autism Empowerment Program for Refugees and Host Community Members
This project will train teachers in an Irbid area community's schools in strategies for inclusive education and autism support. Families from the community will also be trained to support their own children and others in the community. Training programs include both intellectual support (training in evidence-based practices and awareness-raising) and emotional support (Support and Self-Development programming for parents, teachers and siblings).
For more information about A Global Voice for Autism's impact, follow our #HumansOfAutism campaign on Facebook every day throughout the month of April.