"The worst thing that can happen to our children? That they will be left without help, without professional help," says Mariola, Philip's mother
"I don't want to be left alone with this," adds Monika, Ignasio's mother.
Autism is a huge social problem. It affects thousands of Polish children and their families.At JiM Foundation, we provide them with comprehensive care.
Above all, we provide access to reliable and credible diagnosis. Because a proper diagnosis of autism, made early in life, and appropriate therapy, has a key impact on the child's further development and later functioning. More and more parents of children from all over Poland come to us because they cannot find help anywhere. Very often the first symptoms of autism are not unambiguous, so doctors ignore them. Difficulties in diagnosis and little knowledge of the spectrum mean that many children do not receive adequate help, and their concerned parents are on their own. Basia's dad and Antek's mom, who are now under the Foundation's care, still recall that difficult time before the diagnosis.
"... when Antoś was born, there was nothing to indicate that something was wrong... I noticed the first symptoms when my son turned 1.5 years old... but the doctor reassured me that boys develop more slowly and that Antoś would grow out of it... unfortunately, with each day the symptoms increased, and we did not know how to help our son ... it was only at the JiM Foundation that Antek was diagnosed ... it was difficult for me to accept the disability of my child, but I felt a huge relief that I finally know what ails him and I know how I can help him ...".
recalls Sylwia, Antek's mother
"...the first symptoms appeared when Basia turned one year old, she didn't react to her name, she didn't look in her eyes, she didn't chatter like other children her age, we also noticed that some sounds made her anxious...but doctors spread their hands, for more than a year I couldn't find help...only a friend recommended me JiM Foundation, where my daughter was reliably diagnosed."
tells Marek, Basia's dad
There is no cure for autism. Only early and regular therapy can improve the quality of life for children on the spectrum. At JiM Foundation, we provide them with free therapy under the guidance of top specialists. The therapy is tailored to their individual needs, because every child with autism is different and needs appropriate help. We also give children the opportunity for education. JiM Schools is an extraordinary place where children learn social skills in addition to traditional subjects. Everything is done to facilitate their daily functioning and make them as independent as possible in the future. Every progress, even the smallest one, is a great reason for us and the children's parents to rejoice.
"... the changes for the better could be seen after just a few months of therapy, I will never forget how for the first time, at the age of 4, my daughter said to me MAMO... Natalka has been under the care of the JiM Foundation for three years now, during this time she has learned to put sentences together, she can introduce herself and sign her name, she is beginning to read the first words... but what makes me most happy is that she has learned to understand and read emotions, recently she noticed that I was sad, she came up to me and said "mom, don't cry".
tells Magda, mother of Natalia
"... my son does not speak , but day by day he is becoming more and more independent , he can make himself sandwiches , he can dress himself , recently he even learned to ride a bike ... the most important thing for me is that Tom is cheerful , smiling and despite his disability just happy "
says Ania, Tom's mom
"... first of all we managed to eliminate difficult behaviors, when Mariuszek came to the Foundation he manifested a lot of aggressive and self-aggressive behaviors, but thanks to the therapy he learned to deal with his emotions and is able to function in a group, he can play with other children, he even has a favorite friend..."
says Paulina, Mariusz's mom
"... Christopher feels best when he has a fixed schedule, he doesn't like change, but during therapy he learns how to cope with different situations in everyday life,... for example, we used to not be able to go to the store by a different route , because my son would panic... now he is able to control his anxiety....
says Dorota, mom Krzysia
At the JiM Foundation, we take care of entire families, because we know that autism affects not only children, but also their parents, siblings or grandparents. That's why we also provide them with assistance. To this end, the JiM Club, which currently includes nearly 5,000 parents, caregivers, as well as adults on the spectrum from all over Poland, operates. We support its members by providing them with knowledge of autism diagnosis and therapy. We give them the opportunity to receive advice from specialists. We provide legal assistance in cases of acts of discrimination, as well as intervene in social and welfare matters. But above all, the JiM Club is a place where everyone finds understanding and acceptance.
"Our lives have changed for the better since we have been under the care of the JiM Foundation. I'm glad that I finally found help for my son and I enjoy watching him make progress every day. In addition, I also received support from the Foundation. I signed up for the JiM Club and there I met other parents of children with autism. Finally, I could talk about my problems with someone who understands me..."
says Kasia, Frank's mom
At the JiM Foundation, we also support families and loved ones of people with autism financially. We operate the JiM Subaccount service through which expenses related to treatment, therapy, or rehabilitation can be reimbursed. As many as 7 out of 10 parents have given up their jobs due to the need to care for a child with autism spectrum disorders. In addition, many declare that they have had to reduce their professional activity to a minimum. Therefore, free diagnosis and therapy at the Foundation, as well as the possibility of reimbursing other expenses related to the child's disability, is a great support for many families.
I am a single mother, I had to give up my job to take care of my child, therapy and rehabilitation cost a lot, all my savings go to help Jas, but thanks to the fact that we have a sub-account in the JiM Foundation I can afford to go with Janek to the rehabilitation holidays every year . This is invaluable help for us!
tells Agata, Jasiu's mom
Parents sacrifice everything for the sake of their children. Despite the difficulties, they fight to make their children as independent and happy as possible. Unfortunately, autism is a disorder that lasts a lifetime. With therapy, children can learn to function better, but some will always need care. That's why many parents are most worried about their children's future. We can't leave them without help.
"...my son is 10 years old, but he still has trouble doing the simplest things... he can't eat by himself or dress himself... I'm afraid for his future... I know he can't cope without care... I'm afraid of what will happen to him when I'm gone..."
says Natalia, Adasio's mom