More than 300 people joined Foundation „Pentru Voi” on April 2nd, in the Union Square from Timisoara, Romania, to celebrate the World Autism Awareness Day.
„We were happy to have such a large public to join the actions organized at Timisoara. Hopefully the Autism Walk and the painting workshops raised autism awareness – a public health problem that concerns us all. This year „Pentru Voi” celebrates 15 years of activity, and the campaign we organize in April opens a chain of events dedicated to our anniversary.” said Laila Onu, CEO „Pentru Voi”.
The walk was joined by over 150 people who have crossed the three most important markets of the city - the Opera Square, the Liberty Square and the Union Square, handing out leaflets about autism and providing information of the day significance through the loudspeaker.
The collective painting workshop organized with Cloud Factory was overcrowded, therefore was painted a second work, even bigger. There were painted over 50 faces in blue, were shared out 300 flyers and 150 helium balloons.
The event was attended by volunteers, service users – persons with developmental disabilities, parents, representatives of the Rotary Club Timisoara, Save the Children, Student Plus Foundation, Volunteer Centre Timisoara, Beyond the Words and citizens of Timisoara. The Football Club Poli Timisoara joined our initiative by placing a “Pentru Voi” banner on the stadium. Thank you all for your involvement!
- Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that impacts communications, behaviour, and social relationships.
- 1 in 110 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, including 1 in 70 boys.
- More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined.
- Currently, there are no effective means to prevent autism, no fully effective treatments, and no cure. Research indicates, however, that early intervention can result in significant improvements
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism.
- Approximate 67 million people in the world are affected by ASD
- In Romania there are no accurate statistics regarding the number of people with autism; moreover, after age 18, the diagnosis disappears, according to the law.
Financer: Foundation Vodafone Romania
Event organized with the support of Elba Timisoara, Romanian Opera Timisoara, the City Hall of Timisoara, the District Gendarmerie Inspectorate, RATT, Clouds Factory, Event’s solution, UniVops, Monica Izvanariu, and Cristian Pall.
Media Partners: Ziua de Vest, TVT’89, Ora De Timis, Roportal, TimisOnline, TimisExpres
View photos on our Facebook page or on www.pentruvoi.ro.