3.1 Support to the development of health protection and social services
Association for Assistance to Autistic Children and Youth and the Youth and Children of the related disorders “COMMON WORLD” (Lubelskie Voivodeship, Poland)
Education Department of the Leninsky District Administration of the City of Brest (Brest Oblast, Belarus)
The number of youth and children diagnosed with autism is constantly growing. It is estimated that today 1 in 150 born children have similar problems. Unfortunately, organisations dealing with autism on Polish-Belarussian border area do not have sufficient systemic solutions on how to look after such children and how to enable them to stand on their own. Parents, relatives, guardians and others around them have to deal with these problems alone. The key is the missing infrastructure and the lack of professionally trained staff.
The DcbCforAutism project partners are going to create infrastructure as well as health and education system in order to give complex support for children with ASD and similar mental disorders on the cross-border area. On the Polish side activities will focus on the construction of School Preparing for Employment and Environmental Self–Help House as well as House of Permanent Residence for Adults with Autism. In Belarus a Specialist Center for Helping People with ASD will be created in the adapted rooms of a special school in Brest – it will be the first this kind of center in the entire country. Moreover, both parties are planning mutual exchange of experiences: conferences, training sessions and study visits, as well as sport and recreation events for the proteges. To complete the whole picture, information and consultation points for both parents and teachers will be established.
The project activities will result in better living conditions of the local inhabitants. The experts will obtain new knowledge and skills in the sphere of education of children and youth with ASD, what will result in more effective therapy for the proteges. From now on, every family with a child with autism or related disorders from both Polish and Belarus border area will be able to find professional help and care.
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