Global Autism Project, a US based NGO which provide services to individuals with autism in under privileged communities worldwide, is holding a two week workshop and training programme for teachers at Society for Rehabilitation of Mentally Challenged (SOREM) in Sector 36.
The workshop which started on July 22, will train the teachers to deal with the students with autism by using Applied Behavioral Analysis. The NGO says that the therapy based on the principle that influencing a response associated with a particular behaviour may cause that behaviour to be shaped and controlled.
Molly Ola Penney, founder and the CEO of the NGO, said “We believe in embracing the talent and resources of the communities we serve by furnishing them with tools that engender self- reliance, sustainable development and continued innovation. We try our best to train the teachers and our partners but ask them to manage everything by themselves.”
Comparing the issue of autism in India and in US, Molly added, “There is a higher rate of autism documented in US, because the parents, doctors and even the psychologists are not aware of the problem there. While India is lagging behind in terms of providing quality services and awareness.”
Sangeeta Jain, a voluntary teacher at SOREM who has a son suffering from autism, said, “It is like a first hand experience in itself, these people are a way ahead while we are still struggling to reach that point of expertise to tackle this problem with same ease. There are situations when we get through a certain level of teaching but we get struck at one point of time. Through them, we are getting feedback at every step, the workshop is proving to be very helpful.”
The NGO, was established in the year 2003 by Molly to provide comprehensive and coherent training for all the partners such that they can further provide children all over the world with effective therapy. Now the The Global Autism Project has partners in five countries, namely, Indonesia, Peru, Ghana, Kenya and India. India became the partner of the project in the year 2009.
In 2009, SOREM in Chandigarh,