Cam Autism Center of Excellence (CACE) is a non-profit organization located in Tampa, Florida and Nairobi Kenya. The organization was founded in 2016 by a Doctor/BCBA and a parent of a child with autism who worked in tandem to create and execute realistic, high quality, convenient and practical training programs with the goal of improving the potential of people with autism and related disabilities.
About US & Founders
What Makes Us Different
We are obsessed with your child’s success! At CACE, we treat you like a family whose success we are committed to supporting at every step of your autism journey. We focus on providing services that allow parents, caretakers, and professionals to further their experience. From school consultation to training parents, to therapist certification, to therapy services and community outreach program, we have the tools parents, caregivers and professionals need to assist individuals with autism to achieve greater independence so that they may lead the lives they choose.
Our Mission Statement
To deliver practical, high quality, convenient Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA) trainings, resources and certification classes to parents, professionals, and schools throughout Africa with the goal of improving the potential of people with autism and related disabilities.
Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. Autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. Autism disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.
Autism and its associated behaviors occur in approximately 1 of every 68 children and 1 in 42 boys in the United States. Autism knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries. Family income, lifestyle and educational levels do not affect the chance of autism’s occurrence. On average, autism costs a family more than $65,000 a year.
Mary Kimari- Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder
Mary Kimari our Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer grew up in Kenya and moved to the United States when she was 19 years old. She is a graduate of University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and currently works as a Software Director. The Kenyan native comes from modest beginnings and never lost her passion for sharing her good fortune with others.
Mary lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband and two young sons. Her oldest son Cameron was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder PTLS at 2- years old and autism at 3-years old. She is currently involved with autism charities in the United States, but there is one role she enjoys above all others: mommy. “Being a mommy is my most rewarding experience of my life,” she says.
As a mother of a child with autism, Mary admits that her family’s journey has been arduous between genetic testing, mysterious diagnosis, and sensory challenges. “When my son was diagnosed with autism, I made a pact with God. I said God, give me resources to improve the quality of my child’s life and I will make effort to help less fortunate families in Kenya and other developing nations,” she says. “Autism is emotionally and financially draining. I co-founded Cam Autism Center of Excellence to offer convenient, affordable autism instruction resources, online classes/certification, and consultation/therapy services to assist individuals with autism to achieve greater independence so that they may lead the lives they choose.”
Dr. Jane Weru Paul-Chief Clinical Officer/Co-Founder
Dr. Jane Weru Paul, our Co-Founder, and Chief Clinical Officer was raised in Kenya and presently reside in Sacramento, California with her family. Dr. Weru Paul is a Pediatrics Neurodevelopmental Specialist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) specializing in testing and developing treatment programs for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Her services to individuals with autism include early intervention, curriculum development, direct staff supervision, staff and parent training, verbal behavior analysis, social skills training, adaptive living skills, systems analysis, and functional behavior analysis.
Dr. Weru Paul is a recognized innovator in the field, pioneered a cross-cultural study comparing African Americans and Caucasian Americans with autism disorder at UC Davis Medical Center. She also pioneered a cross-cultural study comparing Kenyan’s African Americans and Caucasia Children with Autism for her doctoral research
She earned her Doctorate in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her federally funded Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Davis Medical Center, M.I.N.D Institute. Her passion for autism started early on while in high school. Her best friend had a brother and every time she visited, he would hide behind the house, never said hello to his sister and could not look at you. This baffled her, and she kept wondering what was wrong with her friend’s brother. It was not until she attended college and had her first Psychology course that she learned about a disability called autism, and right there she diagnosed her best friend’s brother with autism. From them on, she purposed to study and research autism to find out the mysteries behind the disability and how to help children and families affected by it. Dr. Paul has dedicated herself to improving the lives of children with autism here in the United States and other third world countries where not much is known about Autism.
Mr. Asaph Mwangi-Director of Operations
Mr. Mwangi, our Director of Operations in Kenya is a special education teacher with 11 years of experience. He graduated from Maseno University with a Bachelor of Education in Special Needs Education. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology at Kenyatta University.
His areas of expertise include working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Behavioral issues among others. He has hands on experience as a Special Education Coordinator with experience in managing/conducting the educational assessment, developing and facilitating training programs for teachers, developing and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEP), managing special units and assisting speech and language therapists.
Mr. Mwangi is a renowned advocate for speech and language disorders, dyslexia and Autism Spectrum Disorders through Africa. He has created awareness through printed media, local and national television and radios from 2012 to date. Additionally, he has co-authored an article about the status of Special Education in Africa along with our Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Weru Paul. This particular article was published in the international journal of disability, development, and education in December 2006. Moreover, Mr. Mwangi was one of the field professionals involved in developing Functional Assessment tools for learners with communication disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders (E.B.D) and drafting syllabus for students with ASD at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.