January 17, 2018
As a student of the esteemed Developmental Services Worker Program of Humber College. I was bestowed with the opportunity to travel to Nanjing, China in November 2018 with the Global Autism Project to promote the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in countries with little to a few services for Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is a need of the hour, as many countries disregard the use of evidence-based practices such as ABA for a condition as wide and debilitating as autism, thus important to create sustainability in its approach and usage.
My first ever travel experience with the Global Autism Project was to Prague, Czech Republic in July 2018. It was a magnificent experience that I found myself then travelling to Nanjing, China as the cultural exposure and learning about the disability movement in another country is the finest training you can ever achieve. This is more valuable than in-class learning as I was able to take whatever I learned and apply it in reality with the neuro-diverse individuals.
Getting to experience the country in terms of the culture and meeting wonderful people add to this holistic learning experience. Getting to travel to another country whilst learning is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. I encourage all students to take full use of the wonderful opportunities that the School of Social and Community Services offers!