When the Road to Smiles Foundation was established, we were still unsure which projects and social groups should be the focus of our joint work. However, based on our experience from previous years we felt that there was still a lot to do together to make autism accepted. We tried to express our commitment not only through our actions, but also by changing the name of our foundation. Thus, from November 2019, the Road to Smiles Foundation continued its common work as the Together for Autistic People Foundation.
Our goal remains the same:
to provide long-term help for children living with autism spectrum disorders and their families.
As the first milestone, in March 2018 we opened Central Europe’s first Autism Examination Centre, which provides many families with the opportunity to take their children to various examinations under relaxed circumstances.
In the same summer, we organized a collection to help to modernise the Autism Foundation Elementary School.
Our current goal is to create the first Autism Model House – Development and Methodology Centre, where we will be able to set up, plan and implement the personalised treatment and therapy of children with autism spectrum disorders by continuously monitoring their development through an expert team of the Heim Pál Children’s Hospital. At the centre, children aged between three and eight with special needs and who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders can receive treatment and therapies tailored to their individual needs, and through this we can support their school and community integration.
In the Autistic Model House, apartments will be available to help people overcome the temporary life management difficulties of families raising children with autism, where the parents will be prepared for recognising the special, individual needs of their children in the form of one- or two-week care. The individual developmental therapies will also provide opportunities to address learning and integration disorders as well as individual and family crises.
We believe that there is a significant burden on similar organisations and institutions in Hungary as there is still a great shortage of them.
We hope that the establishment of the centre can provide a long-term solution for children living with autism and we can contribute to improving the life quality of those in need of care and their families.