Community development, Social inclusion

A normal autistic world

Helping autistic young people to integrate into the community/ Helping the community to accept the autistic young people

Creators

Who is behind this?

Aurelia Oroviceanu

Asociatia Invingem Autismul (NGO Fighting Autism)

http://www.invingemautismul.ro/

Romania

Who is joining forces?

Asociatia Invingem Autismul (NGO Fighting Autism)

http://www.invingemautismul.ro/

Romania


Idea

Idea pitch

The idea is, on one hand, to organize a series of outings in the community for the children and teenagers with autism to better integrate into society and on the other hand meetings and workshops to speak to their families and to the community about autistic people, their rights and their needs.

Where will your project idea take place?

Bucharest – far from being a center of democracy and from integrating the autistic people

What is the local challenge?

● The rising number of autistic children (In Romania, more than 1,000 children have been diagnosed annually with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In 2019, 1 out of 54 children was diagnosed with ASD. It is estimated that there are more than 30.000 children and 15.500 people with ASD.)
● The families are not well informed on the autistic children’s rights;
● The community is not aware and not prepared to accept and integrate the autistic children and adults in society (In Romania, autism, as a disease, started to be diagnosed only after 1989, organizations have been established by parents only. Nowadays, parents are still the first ones to fight for their children’s recovery and rights. The Romanian society and public schools are exclusive rather than working on inclusive education. )

How does your idea strengthen democracy and active citizenship at a local and community level?

● We want to speak about the special young people and their families, fighting every day for tolerance, for integration, for changing the people’s vision;
● We aim to activate the local community to tolerate, respect and help the young autistic people and their families;
● Autistic people should be recognized as members of the society and the community should also create work opportunities for them.

Who are you doing it for?

The beneficiaries of the project:
● autistic children and teenagers from our center, but the project aims to defend all autistic people’s rights;
● their parents and caregivers;
● students from different universities;
● the community itself.

How do you plan to get there?

● Invite layers to meetings organized with the autistic people’s families to speak about their rights and how to defend them;
● Invite managers from different local services: malls, shops, public transport and taxi companies, doctors and school directors to meetings: inform them of the autistic people’s needs and rights and then ask them to speak to their employers;
● Organize outings in the community for children and teenagers with ASD, accompanied by therapists, with individual ABA intervention plans; we want to make these daily challenges known and find solutions to prevent both the children and the community’s members’ undesirable reactions.
● Invite students from different Universities to discover ways how they can help in activating the community on accepting autistic people.

What are the expected results?

- the integration into the community of the children and adolescents with ASD from the center – they will learn and develop independent living skills, social interaction skills and mechanisms for adapting to the environment in the community;
- increasing the quality of life of the families of the children and adolescents with ASD;
- the community will be empowered with the knowledge and understanding the needs of all autistic people;
- students may practice their future careers and also become opened to tolerate and integrate the autistic people in their lives and society.

How does your initiative contribute to strengthening democracy in Europe?

● Our project speaks about equal rights for all the people, about tolerance and acceptance.
● Young autistic people can be active members of their society - if we include them in developing programs, but also if we speak about them in the community and address their needs.
● The project aims not only to improve the lives of some autistic people and their families, but to be a voice for the autistic children and adults from the entire community.
● We are counting on citizens' engagement and participation, reach out to all the community to get involved, to accept and to help these special children and to change itself to a better community;
● We also want to engage the civilian volunteers and mostly students, actively participate in a better society.

What is your story?

We work daily with autistic children and we receive daily stories from their families, they face daily community's astonished, contemptuous, and discriminatory looks.
We want to transform these stories into beautiful and successful lives.

€ 35000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

€ 35000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

5,000 - office expenses
15,000 - personnel costs (lawyers and specialists in public rights; trainers)
5,000 - brochures and other materials
5,000 - snacks at the meetings
5,000 - outings in the community with the young autistic people

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

We want to receive advice and feedback, as much as possible.

Team

aoroviceanu

Idea created on May 26, 2020
Last edit on May 27, 2020

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