Mission: A Global Voice for Autism exists to help children with autism in conflict-affected communities communicate independently.
Founding Story: In 2012, our founder, Melissa Diamond, met the mother of a newly-diagnosed child with autism. After learning about her daughter’s diagnosis, the mother planned to return home and hide her daughter in her home in order to avoid the autism stigma in her community. Diamond has a close friend with autism in a U.S. community with strong support services and was struck by how different her friend’s life might have been if she had simply been born somewhere else. A Global Voice for Autism was founded on the principle that ALL families should have access to education and autism support, no matter where they live.
Current Programs: Our Cooperative Training Programs are currently running in Mersin, Turkey (Arabic-speaking site for Syrian and Iraqi refugees) and in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Somali-speaking site for Somali refugees). Our virtual follow-up program currently supports families in Jenin and Ramallah, Palestine. To volunteer with A Global Voice for Autism, please send your CV and a statement of interest to Melissa Diamond at firstname.lastname@example.org.