Living as adolescents and adults with autism in Romania

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					 InRomania live almost 20mil people
 Autism Romania estimation -200.000
  people live with ASD
  • Above 6200 children in social system-protection
  • above 600 children with ASD, in schools mostly
  • Above 290 children in Bucharest in schools(more
    then 2 mil population)
  • There is not any official statistics for adults
 Opportunities   for children under 6

 Therapies-  educational, occupational, art,
  kinetotherapy in public mental health
  centers, educational centers for children
  with disabilities, not specialized
 At home – specialized in ABA therapy,
  parents pay
 Opportunities for children with ASD 6-18
 y.o. few and not efficient , staff is
 untrained in ASD
  • Schools (special schools for mental retardation;
    ordinary schools)
  • Vocational schools
  • Educational alternatives –day centers
  • At home (4 hours / weekly, with special ed
 Problems   with diagnosis and after 18 y.o.
 Autism is infantile in DSMIII, so when you
  are adult you can‟t have „infantile‟ autism
 (Schizophrenia, OCD, or just mental

 Thosewithout MR can‟t get support
 services, or financial allowances for
 people with disabilities are too small/ ex.
 Under 10 euro/month
 Staying  at home doing nothing without
  support services, (little financial support,
  depending on recognized degree of
  disability 1…4)
 In living, lifelong learning, employment,
  perspectives are very scary: psychiatric
  institutions, or rehabilitation centers, where
  the main treatment is medication and a
  surrogate of therapies: art, occupational,
 Community living facilities are very few
 Quitegood, as Romania have had to
 adapt our legislation to the European
 Union, to but isn‟t well applied and no
 system for monitoring of application and
 no system of punishment
 New law of specialized and integrated
 services for people with autism

 Named “for  persons with ASD”, but
  addresses only children 0-6 y.o.
 Specialized services, early intervention is
  not budgeted
 Discrimination
 Poverty
 Hopelessness

 Even with this special law for „autism‟,
 there is no real hope , for real better
 living in Romania

 Hope-NGOs‟ support    (pilot projects)