The responsibility we have assumed as the Association of Parents, Guardians and Friends of People with Autism, County of Rethymno is crucial, replacing the State in the management department of minors with disabilities and their families for our region. We do so with responsibility and self-denial, voluntarily and free of charge in all the services we provide as an association. We are the representatives of the parent movement of people with SEN children, who have no other favor or support from any governmental or not governmental organization. At least 150 people (with high and low functionality) who have attended formal or special school units, but who remain at home in adulthood or have no way to manage their time in the afternoons, since there are no places for free socialization and intervention.
We house our projects KDAP for people with disabilities ‘’Together we can’’, at KEFIAP Rethymno(Center of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rethymno) Teenagers’ and adults’ projects for people with disabilities at Platanias, Rethymno. We dream and ask for a new space where all our projects could be housed. Semi-autonomous living houses, Cay Care Center, Vocational Training Laboratories for people with disabilities
The space that was kindly given to us in Center of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (KEFIAP) practically no longer fits our plans. Also unfortunately we are a burden on the plans of KEFIAP for full staffing. It is possible the time for one more step for us, the step of separation, since it is a fair request of the Hospital of Rethymno, to take advantage of the whole building. The Association of Parent, Guardians and Friends of People with Autism of Rethymno is a dynamic NGO, working hard for the common good. We do not accumulate or save amounts of money, as we attribute them to the needs of our programs. Since we are not a public organization, we do not have the ability to move somewhere else. We do not expect a new space to be built for us and to accommodate us if we ourselves do not claim it. We only touch on one of our hard truths. This reality, of course, has made us very strong to stand on our own two feet and be united. Of course, for years, we have the love of the citizens of Rethymno. So we claim your support to support people with disabilities. We say YES to the institutional rights of people with disabilities by continuing any benefits.
A new chapter opens for the institution, with the commitment of the Municipality of Rethymno, by finding space for the construction and creation of a Day Care Center for people with autism and special educational needs. A constant agony of parents will be covered as the new Centre is to meet the standing needs of adults in intervention, creative activities and skills of daily life as well as in the field of pre-vocational education, ideally in the morning and also afternoon base. In addition to the establishment of the Day Care Center, the aim of the Association is to proceed with the implementation of a permanent living for adult people with a disability. One vision that craves for Rethymno, which has fallen behind in this area is the hospitality in the housing of people with autism and special needs. With the promise of the Municipality of Rethymno and the strict acceptance of the Municipal Authority, the vision proceeds with the exploitation of an unfinished space in a nearby village outside Rethymnon.