In addition, we provide: world class training in ABA for staff, families, and the community; supervision and support for BCBA candidates; as well as promote autism awareness across the country.
- Opportunity for all children to live their best life.
- All parents of children with autism be able to best support their children
- Dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis
Autism Compassion Africa provides an ABA center for children with autism in Cape Coast, one of the 10 largest metropolis areas in the country and located approximately a three-hour drive from the capitol of Accra. The University of Cape Coast offers a variety of degrees in education, special education as well as psychology which are requirements for staff. Currently, there are limited programs dedicated to special education in the city of 170,000 people. Using the figures from the International Society of Autism Research on global prevalence (1 in 161), the estimated number of children with autism in Cape Coast is 1054. Accra, the capital, hosts a handful of programs for children with special needs and autism. While ACA will like to collaborate with those in Accra, we feel the need for those families in Cape Coast is high and we are ready to help. For these reasons, in addition to the proximity to the capitol and many important partnerships, Cape Coast is the ideal location for ACA.
Board Chair and Treasurer
Board Vice Chair
Kim is committed to empowering EVERYONE to achieve their best potential and know themselves as PERFECT beings exactly the way they are…perfect EXACTLY the way YOU are!!
Whitney Hammel, MSEd, BCBA.
Executive Director/Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Whitney Hammel’s career in autism and Applied Behavior Analysis began in early 2009 at the New England Center for Children (NECC) located near Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to her many years in the field, Whitney prides herself in being a lifelong student. She holds a BS in ECDE birth through age 8 with Special Education, a MSEd ages 5 through 21 with Moderate to Severe Disabilities, and completed two additional years of post-masters schooling to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst specializing in the field of ABA service delivery. She maintains her certification by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) with fulfilling continuing education units bi-yearly. Whitney’s work experience ranges from ages 20 months to 21 years; in a residential facility, home/community settings with families, consulting in general education classrooms, implementing social skills groups, supervising BCBA candidates, and working in ABA centers across 3 countries (United States of America, United Arab Emirates, and India).
ACA follows best practices of intensive ABA service delivery, including designating one staff to one student. Across the day, the students work 1:1 with their case manager and also with 1:1 with additional staff to program for generalization of skills. The direct 1:1 staff hold a minimum of a Bachelors degree in a related field (education, special education or psychology), complete a background check, clear test for TB and undergo three weeks of intensive training prior to working alone with students. Our Behavior Techs are energetic, enthusiastic, and know how to make themselves function as a reinforcer for the students which creates a fun and engaging learning environment. At ACA, we look to hire those interested in learning more about autism and ABA. Our goal is to have these staff members be the future leaders of autism education in Ghana.
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