By Kelli Bogner, a member of the SkillCorps Indonesia February 2018 team
Sustainability. What does this mean? How can I support? These were some of the questions that I asked myself when signing up for the Global Autism Project. I asked questions, I received answers, and yet truly did not understand this concept prior to this experience. Of course, I believed that the centers should be able to operate independently in the future. Of course, I thought that providing assistance was a nice concept and would benefit the center, but would it truly make a difference.
Isolated. This is what the centers are without these services. In Indonesia, there are no classes, courses, or tests for educators to learn ABA. Those whom want to learn further have to leave the country for this type of education. How is that fair? How can they make progress? How can they support their children with Autism? In a world in which we are so connected, how can they be so isolated? It is with services that provide sustainable initiatives for centers to eventually be self-sufficient and share that knowledge with others in their country. I know that I am only one small piece of this large project, but as a first-hand witness, I can see the progress and the drive that is in Indonesia to provide services for all of the students. It is amazing what willpower, hard work, and structured support can do for motivated business owners seeking to help children with Autism.