Project financed with the support of RO10-CORAI, 2009-2014 EEA Grants funded program managed by the Romanian Social Development Fund.
On December 2015, local groups created at Arad and Galati, met to discuss the research report regarding children and young people with autism discrimination, especially Romani people. At the meetings there were 34 professionals of public services, but also ONG representatives. Among the present ones, there were 2 Romani peers that were very fierce regarding the defense of this category of people rights.
Participants discussed about the research record developed within the project and about the level of project implementation.
Through the established conclusions there were:
The discrimination outcome of the kids with autism, have an impact also upon their families. Sometimes, one of the partners cracks and leaves the family.
Discrimination in the case of autistic Romani individuals is double, on one hand because of their disability and on the other hand because of their ethnicity. Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear evidence of the individuals with ASD, with information about ethnicity.
The limited number of social public services makes it difficult the long-term intervention for most children. There are counties in the country (Galati for example) where kids with TSA profit by free medical services for 6 months. After this period, the therapy is interrupted by the opportunity of a chance for other kids to profit by free intervention sessions.
The limited number of hiring services and professionals to work with this category of people makes it difficult the hiring of individuals. There are a small number of ASD people that consider they can have a job. Also, for the lack in advance of training of the youth for an independent life leads to difficulties in youth placement at a job.
Educational intervention is precarious, as a consequence of the fact there isn’t any special instructed academic to work with these kids/teenagers, but also as an outcome of lacking and unequipped infrastructure.
The educational curriculum is unequipped like the legislation requires. The educational process is hard and has a reduced support from the professionals. The lack of support comes from the fact that the number of children with Special Education Needs (SEN) is very high and the number of professionals is very small. On the other hand, there aren’t any formations regarding curriculum fitting where the academics can be taught how to deal with this issue.
Special schools don’t have required specializations for individuals with ASD.
The successful cases introduced by media can increase the parents trust and that things can change.
The project “MASPA-measurements for promoting non-discrimination and social inclusion in the scholar environment and on the label market for people with autism (ASD), especially focusing on Rome community” is developed by Romanian Angel Appeal, Iceland Autistic Society- Einverfusamtokin from Island, General Direction of Social Assistance of Bucharest, General Direction of Social Assistance and Child Services Arad, and General Direction of Social Assistance and Child Services Galati.
The project commenced on 8 April 2015, it has a timeline of 13 months and is developed with the financial support of the Program RO10-CORAi financed by the Grants SEE 2009-2014 and governed by the Romanian Fund of Social Development. The total value of the project is of 1.270.745 lei, from which 1.143.221 lei irredeemable financing and 127.524 lei co-financing.
Răzvan Rădulescu, Coordonator PR