Our registered association was founded in 2013 by parents like myself and friends of individuals who are on the Autistic spectrum.
Our work to date has been to offer support and advice to parents of children and young people in our area of Famagusta who have been diagnosed with Autism spectrum conditions.
For the past 3 years we have successfully run a daily summer school during the holidays providing trained staff to care for children with autism in order to support the parents who still need to work in August and have no support or help with their children.
We also deliver an outreach service supporting children at home either when parents want a break or have other specific needs.
Finally we have organised and held a number of events to raise funds to support our work and to form the basis of our ultimate goals or creating a much needed Autism day center and a small home in society for young adults of 21 years and over with 24 hour care.
" I don't want my eldest son to be responsible for his younger brother when my wife and i die. I am very worried who would take or could take care of him later " — Parent comment
There is no state or private provision for young adults in our area of Cyprus and this is a real concern for parents who worry for the future , as historically it has become the responsibility of brothers and sisters to support siblings after the parents have died, however - current demographic trends means that siblings are no longer finically or geographically in a position to take on this support role.
At least 3 to 4 times a year we invite parents for coffee with the goal of parents supporting and sharing their own experience amongst each other. We have found this to have an important tool for parents to look ahead in a positive manner.
We have organised a number of teacher training seminars in co operation with the teachers association of the Famagusta area and our next event of this nature will be on February 2018. Dr Yiannis Vouidroukas shall be with us to express and share his knowledge to the teachers to pay for extra courses or training.
We are confidently recording existing and new cases of children who are on the Autism spectrum of our area which hopefully will be initiated by all the areas of Cyprus in future.