In Romania there are approximately 72,000 children with disabilities registered in the state records. Many are unable to access mainstream education. FARA offers a lifeline to families who would otherwise be isolated and unable to access support for their children and themselves.
Children with disabilities are one of the most marginalised groups in Romanian society, facing daily discrimination, negative attitudes, lack of appropriate policies and legislation, costly health care impeding mobility and absence of access to mainstream education. All this can endanger the development and life of a child.
FARA Charity runs three therapy centres for children: one in Bucharest, and two in the north east of Romania, the Suceava District. Each centre provides, free of charge therapy and care for children with disabilities from poor families. The centres today support 228 children per week providing social support for their families, physio, speech and sensory therapies for children with a range of disabilities , including those on the autism spectrum.