About Us

Our Mission

A Global Voice for Autism exists to equip teachers and families in conflict-affected communities with the skills to support the development and success of autistic children and children whose lives have been impacted by trauma in their classrooms, homes and communities.

Who We Are & What We Do

A Global Voice for Autism brings together teams of autism professionals, trauma specialists and local community experts to train key community stakeholders in the skills to support autistic children and children whose live have been impacted by trauma in their communities. Because we have seen that trainees learn most effectively when they are also receiving the emotional and intellectual support they need, all of our programs are coupled with parent and sibling support and self-development groups and teacher support groups, as well as with community education sessions. Using a culturally sensitive materials designed for limited resource communities, A Global Voice for Autism disseminates techniques, networks and information that benefit autistic children and their communities for years to come.

Founding Story

In 2012, our founder, Melissa Diamond, met the mother of a newly-diagnosed autistic child. 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 in the U.S. who is autistic and non-verbal 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 autistic children should have access to education and support, no matter where they live.

Volunteer With Us

Interested in traveling the world and supporting human rights? Want to contribute to our mission without leaving your home? Sign up to volunteer! To get involved, please send your CV and a statement of interest to Melissa Diamond at melissa@aglobalvoiceforautism.org