Achievements in our first year*
In our first financial year, our single activity was the sponsorship of daily 1:1 ABA therapy for two Bahraini children, Narjes and Faisal. Three months after we started sponsorship of Narjes, at the request of her program supervisor, we agreed to add sponsorship for Narjes of three hours a week of SLT therapy, an important complement to her ABA program. The parents of Faisal and Narjes receive training as part of their children’s’ ABA programs, so this activity is consistent with our first main goal.
We believe these are the foundational achievements that will lead to the ability to pursue additional activities aimed at achieving all of our Main Goals.
In 2016, the Foundation established a relationship with an international charity, Global Autism Project, which provides rigorous ABA training to low-cost, under-funded centres for children with autism and related disorders at a low cost. In 2017 we will renew our efforts on this project, focussing on identifying a local, low-cost centre that could qualify for training from Global Autism Project and that would benefit from our financial and administrative support.
Plans for 2017
In 2017, we will make our first steps to developing a relationship with BCBAs who will work with us providing:
- Training to non-certified ABA therapists who work in-home,
- ABA program supervision to children we sponsor as they transition from exclusive in-centre 1:1 programs, to more natural real-life settings.
- Training to parents and caregivers.
In 2017 we also hope to improve our marketing and PR efforts and tools in order to raise the funds we will need to continue to help Narjes and Faisal as well as to undertake these additional initiatives.
* The information on this site reflecting actual achievements (financial and mission oriented) is based on our first year for financial reporting purposes, which is 18 November 2014 (date of inception) through 31 March 2016 (end of first financial year).