NAME OF ORGANISATION:   Association for the Deaf
 
         
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  NAME OF HEAD:   Ms. Viengsam SOINXAY, President, E: viengsam@laoautism.org  
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  NAME OF CONTACT PERSON:  

Mr. Michael Schultze, Technical Advisor

 
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  CONTACT ADDRESS:  
Ban Phonepapao, Sisattanark District, P.O. Box: 5069Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR.
T: (+856)-(021) 330409; E:info@laoautism.org; W: www.laoautism.org



 
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BACKGROUND:
 

The Lao Association for Autism is a grass-root, not for profit association established and run by parents and guardians of autistic children in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. A group of parents of children with autism started to regularly get together in order to search for opportunities for education and therapy for their children since 2003 in form of an informal self-help group. They jointly organized a number of awareness raising and training events and got interested in formalizing their cooperation. In June 2009 by private initiative of some members of the self-help group the Vientiane Autism Center started providing education to children with ASD. After the Prime Minister’s Decree 115 on Non-Profit Associations came into force in 2010 the self-help group started working on the formal steps to register as a NPA. The first general assembly of the Lao Autism Association was held on 24.9.2011 in Vientiane. The assembly passed the Charta, elected a board of 5 members, a control commission of 3 members and adopted the regulation of the AfA Scholarship Fund for support to families with children with autism and lower income. Following the recommendations made by the Ministry of Home Affairs the Charta was further edited and the name of the organization changed to Association for Autism (AfA). On 15.03.2012 the Ministry of Home Affairs approved Charta, board and control commission and issued the official registration of Association for Autism as NPA by Decision No. 136/HA.

The association has currently 35 full and 2 supporting members from 5 provinces and Vientiane Capital and is operating the Vientiane Autism Center. Currently VAC serves 25 children and employs 14 teachers.


 
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  VISION:   Persons with autism can live a fulfilling life in an understanding environment.  
  MISSION:  

Represent the interests of persons with autism by promoting their rights and improving their access to appropriate support services.


 
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  MAIN GOAL:  
Improve the situation of persons with autism and their families.
 
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  MAIN ACITIVITIES:  


1). Dissemination of knowledge about rights of persons with disabilities and about Autism Spectrum
      Disorders and its implications;
2). Empowerment and training of parents/guardians of persons with autism;
3). Training of Lao experts in special education;
4). Providing educational the therapeutic services to persons with autism;
5). Advocate the cause of support to persons with autism to authorities and the large public;
6). Raising funds in order to strengthen AfA and to provide services to persons with autism.


 
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  OBJECTIVES:  

1). Supporting, promoting and educating persons with ASD including their guardians;
2). Promoting, supporting and disseminating knowledge about autism;
3). Research and educate professionals in the field of autism;
4). Promote the exchange of experiences and enhancing cooperation among members and relevant parties in an appropriate manner;
5). Mobilize domestic and international financial sources for the support of persons with autism.



 
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  PRIMARY BENEFICIARIES:  
Persons with autism.

 
  ACTIVE IN SECTORS   Education and Disability Rights.  
  ACTIVE IN PROVINCES
  All provinces.