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Volyn Regional Public Organization of Parents of Children with Down Syndrome and Other Developmental Disorders

Olena Melnyk
Head of the Board

Volyn Regional Public Organization of Parents of Children with Down Syndrome and Other Developmental Disorders (Volyn NGO "Down Syndrome") was incorporated in October 2005. Our organization has united 30 parents of Down syndrome children, their families and specialists working with such children. That gives parents bringing up disabled children and specialists a possibility to share their experience and knowledge as well as to support each other in their not easy life.

Our aim is creation and implementation of programs directed at development of abilities and social skills of children with chromosomal and other pathology for their most possible integration into society as full rights Ukrainian citizens having equal rights in the community.

Special needs people and their families together with experienced specialists have a possibility to realize grant and state programs directed at early rehabilitation and social adaptation of such people in nowadays society.

Initiative group meeting
Initiative group meeting

A little more than a year has passed since the Volyn NGO "Down Syndrome" official incorporation. This has been time of active work engaging people with disabilities, their families and specialists into public activities regarding their rights protection.

Our organization advocates realization of early intervention programs, concepts of integrated and inclusive education in general educational institutions provided by special teachers and individual correction activities. It also advocates psychological support of families having special needs children, creation of parental support groups, and improvement of social services quality.

During the past year Volyn NGO "Down Syndrome" performed considerable organizational work regarding the NGO development, establishing collaboration with non-government organizations both national and international. We collaborate with such organizations as Volyn Children's Public Organization "Child Development Center", Volyn Association of Disabled Children "A Special Child", International Children's OMNI-Net Not-For-Profit Organization, Down Syndrome Ukrainian National Charity, Rivne Association of Special Needs Children, Russian NGO "Down-Side-Up", Polish organizations "Bardzei Kochani" (Warsaw) and "Za Godne Zycie" (Chelm), Czech organization "Down Syndrome Children Family Club", Ukrainian Special Needs Orphanages Fund (Virginia, USA).

2005-2006 activities:
International Conference "Contemporary Approaches to Integration and Socialization of Special Needs Children"
International Conference "Contemporary Approaches to Integration
and Socialization of Special Needs Children"

Social services rendered: psychologist's consultations to parents of birth defects children; developmental games and methodical literature in the rehabilitation tools rental office; organizing professional education of youth with limited abilities; organizing recreation, sports and health improving activities; searching for, translating and distributing the information related to Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities; organizing trainings and educational seminars for parents; forming ideas and attitude of the society towards social problems through the mass media and round tables.

Projects being realized by the Volyn NGO "Down Syndrome":
"We are United by Disabilities" Project "We are United by Disabilities" Project
"We are United by Disabilities" Project

Experience says that common efforts of parents is the force that can promote progress in social adaptation of children with developmental disabilities.

If a Down syndrome child was born in your or your friends' family, we can tell you about such people, their lives, successes and problems.

We hope to collaborate with those who care about our children problems and wish to help.

Our address:

Volyn NGO "Down Syndrome"
22, Sobornosti Prosp, Apt. 75, Lutsk 43000 Ukraine.
Ph: (+38) 0332-75-71-25 - Olena Melnyk
(E-mail - olena_melnyk@ukr.net)

Bank account:

#260013012515 in Volyn Regional Department
of State Savings Bank of Ukraine "Oshchadbank", MFO 303398,
ZKPO 09303328, Identification Number 33845638.


Date of report: March 28, 2007



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