Molly Ola Pinney, founder and CEO of the Global Autism Project, will be speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on April 1, 2016, for World Autism Awareness Day. This year’s annual event will focus on the theme of “Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity”. Ms. Pinney will be joining a panel to address the current inequality within and among all countries in regards to autism service provision.
Specifically, Ms. Pinney’s panel will address the need to bridge the inequality gap. This is in accordance with Goal 10 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, “Reducing inequality within and among countries”. This goal addresses autism in one of its key targets: “By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.”
Most inequalities seen internationally may be a product of stigma and misunderstanding of autism, which are addressed through the mission of the Global Autism Project. Ms. Pinney will speak to the emergence of sustainable service provision which was born from her personal experience with autism service deficits in Ghana. Pinney says, “When I began looking for services to support those in Ghana, I quickly realized that lack of services was a global phenomenon and that children around the world were suffering as a result.”
Global Autism Project 501(c)3, is a nonprofit organization which provides training to local individuals in evidence-based practices for individuals with autism. Global Autism Project believes that every child has the ability to learn and their potential should not be limited by geographical bounds. The Global Autism Project seeks to eliminate the disparity in service provision seen around the world by providing high quality training to individuals providing services in their local community. This training is made sustainable through regular training trips and contiguous remote training.