Mersin, Turkey Travel Team

IMG_6147Sarah Statham (Lead BCBA and Training Coordinator)

Sarah has been working with individuals with autism since her time studying Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Since graduating, her career has focused on working in schools specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support. It was through this work that she developed a passion for understanding behavior and for teaching children new skills that would help them to be more independent. She received a Master’s degree from Nicholls State University, procured CABAS Teacher 1 and Teacher 2 qualifications, and went on to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2012. She recently transitioned to a private practice in order to work more closely with young people and their families and has also been working in a residential care setting for adults with disabilities and complex needs. Sarah enjoys travel and experiencing different cultures, and is looking forward to being able to combine this with helping the children and teachers in the Turkey program.

Amal.HeadshotAmal Abuliyah (BCaBA Teacher Support Specialist)

Amal is a special education teacher and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She graduated from Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with a Bachelor of Science in special education with a focus on autism spectrum disorders. After working as a behavior technician in the Applied Behavior Analysis division at the Jeddah Institute for Speech and Hearing, she went on to work as a special education and behavior management teacher in an inclusive school setting with students diagnosed with autism, ADHD, ADD and language delays. Amal is excited to have the opportunity to help children and families access the services they need through A Global Voice for Autism’s Syrian refugee program.

10514725_10202662473029535_1913238946778589570_nHana Irshaid (Translator and Programming Assistant)

Hana is a 2013 graduate of Birzeit University with a degree in English Literature. She became involved with A Global Voice for Autism after hearing about Palestine Coordinator, Fida Elian’s experiences with the organization. Prior to joining the A Global Voice for Autism team, Hana was involved with two community-based programs in Ramallah, where she lives. Hana is excited to play a role in helping Syrian refugee children with autism get the education they deserve and to help these children interact with the world around them. Hana is also a nature lover, and in her free time, you can find her hiking and exploring environmentally-sustainable practices and permaculture.