We are an association from the city of Medias jud Sibiu composed of parents of children with autism, aiming to recover our children. In a world where being different is not easily tolerated, where the right to education and a happy childhood is stolen by diagnoses which children receive more and more often, we understood that together, parents and specialists must fight together for the recovery of our children.Currently 1 in 46 boys and 1 in 84 girls suffer from autism spectrum disorder.
The association was founded in 2018 and consists of 5 parents with children diagnosed with autism. Meanwhile, the number of children we care for has reached 17. We are talking about children with autism spectrum disorders, ASD, ADHD, developmental retardation, children with special educational needs.
We started on this road because there are not enough places in Mediaș to treat these diseases and we thought it was time for us, the parents, to get involved.
These children need as therapy treatment, they need behavioral therapy, sensory therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, therapies that should be done daily and should not be interrupted. These therapies cost a lot. The children in the association are between 3 and 13 years old and many have chances to recover.
I would. Saint Casian wants to set up a day center for children, where the therapy will be free. Until recently we were told that there is no such thing and it will never exist. Well, we were not satisfied with this answer and we continued the "fight".
We thought we would succeed and we would not give up. Following several discussions with the County Council and Mediaș City Hall, they decided to help us by paying us the salaries of 3 therapists and offered us a space in which to carry out our activity. For us, this means that the sky has finally turned blue, that we have not fought in vain.
We still need teaching materials, materials for the sensory room, we will have expenses with the opening of the space.
So what at first seemed like a dream, today is a joyful reality. Although we have little time since its establishment, the Saint Casian Medias Association has become the bridge on which these special children, with TSA, autism and ADHD coming out of isolation, step into the world they deserve. To all this is added the essential ingredient: "Children with special needs feed with attention, love and play."