Who We Are

Quesia Raqib (left) and Adair Cardon stand as co-directors of the ABA program's preparation.

Location

Our work is situated in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, the largest urban area in the country. Currently, there are no other existing treatment programs exclusively tailored for children with autism/DD in Senegal, though many programs and organizations do exist for children with special needs. Among autism-specific projects, the newly-founded Senegal Autism Network is currently running parent support meetings, activities for children, and media outreach and awareness. CHIP International, an American nonprofit in the cause for autism, is focusing on awareness projects as well. Once established, our ABA program would be the first of its kind in this locale.

Directors' Current Training

Director Adair Cardon received her Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) qualification in September, 2019. Quesia Raqib (M.Ed) is currently in training towards BCBA certification. Their practice spans across multiple districts in Dakar, though a "base" therapy room is located in Ouakam. Services will be carried out in this location and others until the opening of the ABA Senegal day center.

Quesia Raqib

Currently: Working towards BCBA certfication

Education:

BA Psychology & Africana Studies (Rutgers University)

M.Ed. Learning Disabilities (Montclair State University)

Certificate in ABA (UC Santa Barbara Extension)

​​Quesia Raqib is originally from New York. Quesia’s professional career in education spans well over a decade and includes teaching both special education and mainstream education at all levels. She is a licensed Learning Disability Teacher Consultant and is experienced in creating Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Finally, as the mother of a son with autism, she is passionate about offering the autism community in Senegal access to quality intervention and educational services that will enrich the lives of children and their families.

Adair Cardon

Currently: BCBA-certified (Sept 2019) and supervising a small team of entry-level interventionists in Dakar

 

Education:

BS Psychology (University of Washington)

MS Cross-Cultural Psychology (Brunel University London)

Level II Pivotal Response Training (Koegel Autism Consultants)

Certificate in ABA (UC Santa Barbara Extension)

Adair Cardon is originally from Seattle, Washington. She has held several roles within the autism field in the United States and England, including research assistant and coordinator within ABA and genetics studies, interventionist/behavior technician in the clinic and school settings, and camp counselor. She is passionate about addressing cultural factors that may affect intervention and detection of autism.

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© September 2019