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Support for autistic people in Ukraine

Autism-Europe is cooperating with its Ukrainian member organisation and other stakeholders to support autistic people in Ukraine at this critical time. It is key to highlight the needs of autistic people and provide them with adequate support. This page is dedicated to share relevant information and it will be updated regularly.

After consultation with AE member Child with Future (Ukraine), AE, together with EUCAP, has launched a call  to ensure the protection of Ukrainian autistic people. Indeed, at the moment they remain largely invisible and underserved by the current efforts.

 

Existing resources and support

  • We encourage people interested in helping the autistic community in Ukraine to join this Facebook group.

This group is being used to help centralize information regarding existing channels of support for Ukrainian refugees and any kind of available support for autistic people in Ukraine.

 

We call on anyone willing and able to help, to support the following actions:

You can contribute by:

  • Volunteering to provide online services to help autistic people deal with trauma and the high level of stress they are experiencing – these services should be available preferably in Ukrainian, Russian, Belorussian and Polish.
  • Helping refugees by offering translation and interpretation, transportation into and within the country, temporary accommodation, housing, basic health care, autism therapies, trauma therapy, school, leisure activities, peer support for children/adults/parents, childcare/respite, offering jobs, help with jobseeking, help with applying for benefits and other paperwork.
  • Preparing information materials to raise awareness of public authorities/humanitarian aids about autism –  including for countries that will welcome Ukrainian refugees. It should be noted that autistic adults in Ukraine are generally undiagnosed which makes accessing any kind of support even more difficult.
  • Designing information in alternative/augmentative format to help deal with disruption and various difficult situations.
  • Raising general awareness and advocating across Europe to address the urgent needs of the autistic community and their families in Ukraine and abroad.

If you are interested in helping with some of the actions mentioned, pleased contact us at secretariat@autismeurope.org