A PERSON WITH AUTISM HAS THE RIGHT TO BE HAPPY
People with autism work hard for their independence throughout their lives. They begin arduous therapies already in their childhood. Their fight for independence becomes most important. Despite the difficulties that people with autism encounter, the members of the JiM Foundation know that like other human beings, they have the right to be happy.
We should not forget that apart from struggling for independence, they also have their passions, and they have the right to love, self-development, and happiness. We do our utmost to help them achieve this aim.
BETTER LIFE CHANCES IN ADULTHOOD!
All around the world, thousands of people with autism find themselves on the verge of social exclusion. Some people do not accept their behaviour which they do not understand and therefore reject. Social problems emerge very early in the lives of individuals from the autistic spectrum: at first in the kindergarten, than at school, and finally at the job market.
For these reasons, we have started a programme entitled “Silniejsza Dorosłość” (“Stronger Adulthood”). We collaborate with adults from the autistic spectrum. We help them start their professional careers and independent lives. We know that adults with autism can do this!
WE DIAGNOSE SEVERAL HUNDRED CHILDREN A YEAR
We respond to one of the greatest problems in Poland – the lack of access to diagnosis for autism.
Only an early diagnosis can give the child a chance for an independent life.
Every year the JiM clinic diagnoses several hundred children from the whole Poland, free of charge.
We use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools (ADOS) and hire a team of best qualified specialists: physicians, psychiatrists, and child and adolescent psychiatrist.
WE GIVE A CHANCE
WE RUN JiM SCHOOLS
Many schools and kindergartens do not accept children from the autistic spectrum and suggest individual home education, instead. We are trying to change this.
Therefore, we run JiM schools
(a kindergarten, middle school, primary school, and vocational school), in which children are educated by best qualified therapists and oligophrenopedagogues,
free of charge.
WE PROVIDE CONTINUOUS THERAPY
Children with autism will only be able to pursue independent lives if they have undergone regular therapy from early childhood. Every hour of classes with our specialists helps the children develop, and learn new skills which are necessary for independent living.
The JiM Foundation hires more than 100 therapists who specialize in various methods. We are all the time learning and gaining new experience, so that we can provide children from the autistic spectrum with the best assistance possible.
THE JiM PARENTS’ CLUB GIVES STRENGTH
The JiM Parents’ Club is a place for the family members of people with autism. In Poland there are already more than 20 such associations, which provide support to ca. 3000 parents. Thanks to these organizations, parents can share their experience and information concerning diagnostic methods and therapies available in various parts of the country.
Together they can really influence the world of people from the autistic spectrum in Poland. They find friends and support among other parents who are members of the association.
AUTISM KNOWS NO BORDERS
All around the world, parents and specialists struggle with the problem of how to best help children with autism. Unfortunately, they often do not have support from other parents and specialists. They sometimes lack access to knowledge or the money that is needed to gain it. The JiM Foundation and the Autism-Europe International Congress provide help in this area.
We award JiM Grants to people who cannot afford to participate in the Autism-Europe International Congress. In this way, parents and professionals from all around the globe can exchange news from the world of autism concerning both recent scientific research and effective forms of therapy.