Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva founded the National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children (NCSAC) in 2004 as a charitable oganization to provide life-enhancing opportunities to children with disabilities, offering diagnosis, orthopaedic and neurological treatment, speech therapy and education free of charge.
A dedicated team of 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.
To date, the charity has 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 children with special needs enroll in public schools alongside developing educational materials for them.
The charity provides wheelchairs, prostheses and hearing devices for children who receive therapy at the Centre.
The Centre also offers counselling and financial help to parents of special needs children, with particular emphasis on supporting women marginalized and victimized by their husbands and families because of their child’s condition.
The NCSAC strives to make a real, positive difference to the lives of children and to offer vital support to their families and carers, with the goal of helping disabled children attain their full potential.
There is no other charity in Central Asia dedicated to providing such an extensive range of services to children with special needs in the areas of diagnosis, orthopaedic and neurological treatment, speech therapy and education.
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, UNDP and EU in Uzbekistan.