The National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children (NCSAC) is a charitable organization founded by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in 2004 to provide assistance in the areas of diagnosis, orthopaedic and neurological treatment, speech therapy and education to children with disabilities.
The NCSAC’s specialists – speech therapists, special educators, psychologists, neurologists, therapeutic exercise specialists, orthopedic surgeons, masseurs, sign language teachers and art therapists – draw up individual development programmes for every child with disabilities or signs of stunted growth who comes to the centre.
All services are provided free of charge.
Since 2007, the charity’s experts have helped over 7,500 children aged between 1 and 18 with special needs, including children suffering from cerebral palsy, speech delay, autism, Down syndrome, as well as children with other learning disabilities.
The Centre is fitted with the latest equipment for the functional recovery of children suffering from musculoskeletal disorders; a Lokomat treadmill, Solostep physical therapy devices, and standing frames all undoubtedly increase the efficiency of treatment offered.
Advanced facilities make significant results a real possibility, including a child’s long-awaited first steps, one of the most rewarding moments when the centre’s specialists, children and parents see the fruit of their labours.
Promoting effective, quality education for disabled children is another important area of the charity’s work, so the Centre helps disabled children enroll in public schools alongside developing educational materials for children with special needs.
The Centre conducts in-depth studies into the problems faced by children from vulnerable groups, children with disabilities, children with signs of stunted growth, children left without parental care and children from disadvantaged families.
The charity also provides assistance – including counselling and financial help – to parents of disabled children, with special focus on supporting women marginalized and victimized by their husbands and families because of their child’s condition.
One of the Centre’s priority tasks is to expand its work throughout Uzbekistan. At present, branches are up and running in the Ferghana and Samarkand regions.
The organization works in close partnership with representative offices of UNICEF, UNESCO and UNDP in Uzbekistan.