Help Autism is today, eight years since it was established, the non-governmental organization in the autism sphere, with the most beneficiaries. We support 500 children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in therapy programs within the five centers and at home. The experience of the association’s specialists is also shared with the staff in the state centers through training sessions and the supervision of the therapeutic program, within the 5 public-private partnerships developed by Help Autism with the General Directorates for Social Assistance and Child Protection in Sector 3, Sector 6, Suceava, Mehedinti, Dambovita.
Since its founding, Help Autism has assumed the mission to change the perception of autism in Romania. Awareness campaigns, teacher training programs in order to facilitate the integration of autistic children in schools, contribution to changing and amending the legislation are all part of the Association’s current activities, along with child therapy and parent counseling.
In Romania there are over 30,000 children affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder, one of the most common childhood disorders. Autism does not heal, however, with early diagnosis and sustained therapy, up to half of the diagnosed children can end up living a normal life. Specialized intervention stretches over a long period of time and in most cases it’s costs exceed a family’s income. The costs of the basic and complementary therapies for a child with autism can reach up to 4,000 lei per month.
By participating in the Bucharest Marathon, each runner can give one of the 500 autistic children supported by Help Autism, an hour of the therapy that can transform his childhood.