Autism children from Minsk and Bobruisk became fairy-tale characters of a charity photo project. The presentation of the photo project of the international charity public association “Children. Autism. Parents” and the family photographer Maria Shevchenko “Autism. Old fairy-tales in a new way” takes place April 1 in Minsk.
Tatiana Yakovleva, director of the international charity public association “Children. Autism. Parents”, says that according to Autism Speaks statistics, one of 68 people of the planet have autism. “The idea is to use the photo project and to state that lids with autism are the same as other kids. They need our love, attention, care. They deserve being socially active – in a pool, kindergartens, secondary schools, universities. They can represent our country on the international level. We should look at them with a different scope,” – she says.
According to the coordinator of the project Irina Dergach, mother of a 12-year-old boy Timur, the most important thing for autism children is acceptance and understanding. She adds: “I feel very upset when the diagnosis does not allow people to see a real child. I let my son into a real life: he is very kind, open and smiling. But the world gives him a hostile reception. The world takes Timur as a different person. But different people make diversity of our life. They fill it with bright colours and fairy tales. Our kids have good mathematic talents. They can run fast. Their hot and sincere hugs can soften even the coldest hearts”.
2007 the UNA started the international day of autism information - April 2. The purpose of the day is to discredit myths and prejudice about autism kids, to provide people with more information about autism, to unite parents’ efforts, to attract specialists of various Ministries and establishments, not indifferent people to the problem.
The presentation starts 12.30 (Trade Centre "Stolitsa").