Friday, March 08, 2013

Global Autism Project Announces New Partnership With YCHI in Indonesia

Global Autism Project Announces New Partnership 

With YCHI in Indonesia

The Global Autism Project is excited to announce a new partnership with the Yayasan Cinta Harapan Indonesia (YCHI). Founded in 2009 by the current Chairman of the Executive Board, Zulfikar Alimuddin, YCHI aims to help children from underprivileged families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The most recent prevalence rates say that 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with some form of ASD. This high number demonstrates the need to increase capabilities around the world for early intervention and use of approved practices to treat these individuals. This is particularly true of under-resourced communities where understanding of ASD is extremely low.  Approaching its tenth anniversary, the Global Autism Project has been working to provide necessary skills to their partners abroad, equipping them with training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). ABA is the only evidence-based treatment currently in use by those working with ASD. The organization already has strong partnerships in India, Peru, and Kenya and is looking to continue to expand their reach worldwide. Their SkillCorps program gives professionals working with ASD as well as other volunteers the opportunity to travel to their partners’ locations and spend a few weeks working directly with the organization and training its staff.

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