The National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children: tasks and the way forward

23 Jun 2012

The National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children:
tasks and the way forward

The National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children was founded by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva under the aegis of Uzbekistan’s Cabinet of Ministers to protect the rights and interests of children with disabilities and special needs through improving practical services in the field of developing intellectual and physical abilities of children with impairments, learning difficulties and behavioural problems. The Centre’s activities are also focused on providing assistance to children from vulnerable groups and low-income families as well as children in need who are deprived of parental care. All the assistance and treatment is provided free of charge.

The Centre’s specialists provide comprehensive educational, medical, social and legal assistance to children aged between 1 and 18 with learning difficulties, children suffering from cerebral palsy, mental retardation, speech delay, infantile autism, Down syndrome, hyperactivity, aggression, as well as children at risk, children who suffered violence and abuse in their families. The Centre employs highly-qualified specialists, including special educators, speech therapists, psychologists, child neurologists, instructors on therapeutic exercises, masseurs, sign language teachers, art therapists and lawyers who provide assistance to children with disabilities and the signs of stunted growth, as well as information and counselling services to their parents.

In the charity’s work, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva attaches particular significance to fighting social stigma about children with special needs, as well as  providing support, including counselling and financial help, to women marginalized and victimized by their husbands and families due to the condition of their children.

From 2004 to 2011 the Centre has provided support and assistance in their integration into society to over 10,690 children from vulnerable groups and their families, including over 4,000 disabled children who received support and treatment at the Centre’s Information and Consulting Service.

Programs providing assistance to children with disabilities are developed based on the principle of ensuring the maximum integration into society of children with disabilities.

Promoting a quality and effective education for disabled children is an important area of the charity’s work and the Centre provides assistance in the enrolment of disabled children in public schools as well as developing educational material for children with special needs.

Much attention is paid to increasing parents’ confidence to raise the efficiency of their involvement in the development of children. Training courses are held for parents in developing skills for early diagnosis and providing care for children with special needs, as well as increasing their knowledge of child development based on children’s individual characteristics.

The Centre comprises five departments as well as its major division, the Information and Consulting Service. To achieve its goal, NCSAC has set out the following priority tasks:

• Developing and implementing comprehensive education and  development programmes for ensuring treatment as well as an effective and successful social integration of children with disabilities and special needs, children from vulnerable groups and underprivileged families, as well as children deprived of parental care;

• Ensuring special conditions of education for children with special needs as well as promoting their enrolment in regular schools;

• Providing individual counselling as well as educational, medical and legal assistance to children and their families;

• Monitoring of the implementation of government programmes and social projects related to the target groups; working out proposals on increasing the effectiveness of the implementation of those projects;

• Conducting studies into improving the system of training of specialists working with children with disabilities and children from vulnerable groups, with account taken of modern requirements and standards; drafting recommendations on raising the effectiveness of such trainings;

• Analyzing  the quality of education and methodological material on matters of the social adaptation of children and working out proposals on their improvement.

• Providing educational and legal advice to parents on the matters of upbringing and educating children from the target groups.

In June 2012 a number of important decisions have been made to further invigorate the process of implementing the charity’s priority tasks. These also involve:

• Expanding consultative, diagnostic and treatment services; introduction of hydrotherapeutic procedures, exercises in pool, phytotherapy in the services provided by the Centre’s pediatricians, psycho-neurologists, traumatologists, orthopaedists, pool instructors, phyto-specialists;

• More focus is to be made on the early identification of children with developmental problems, their social adaptation, stimulation of their development and treatment of the existing deviations;

• The Centre will be paying greater attention to the development of gifted children as well as arranging training for children by sports people and Paralympic athletes;

• Developing, testing and endorsing educational and rehabilitation programmes and techniques for working with children from target groups;

• Boosting the role of the Parents club to further increase  the effectiveness of the treatment and services being provided to children at the Centre.

Our objectives are to improve the mental and physical condition of children with special needs, encourage their development, motivate creative thinking, promote their access to education, improve standards of living in families that bring up children with special needs; to encourage children and teenagers in need of help as well as their parents to come to the Centre for comprehensive support and assistance. The charitable organization’s main goal is to ensure that every disabled child and child in need of help that comes to the Centre to get much needed special education and therapy fulfils his or her potential.