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Nicosia's first autism homes opened by Voice for Autism

A step towards independence


In a momentous occasion on October 2, 2023, the NGO Voice for Autism proudly inaugurated two groundbreaking group homes in Lakatamia, Nicosia. These homes represent a pioneering initiative in Nicosia, offering accommodation tailored to individuals on the autism spectrum.

As reported by Philenews, the event was graced by the presence of Deputy Minister Marilena Evangelou and was notable for the active involvement of the residents themselves, who contributed to the festivities by providing food, beverages, and musical entertainment.

Deputy Minister Evangelou commended Voice for Autism for their visionary project and pledged the unwavering support of her ministry. She reaffirmed the government's commitment to advancing autism awareness and inclusion through a dedicated agenda.

Voice for Autism, the driving force behind these homes, is on a mission to provide autonomy, inclusivity, and opportunities for the autism community. Ellen Georgiou Pontikis, Co-founder and President of the organization, stressed that this event was more than just an opening; it was a celebration of the individuals now finding their new homes.

She extended her heartfelt gratitude to various supporters, including the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities and the generous donors, most notably Island Oil.

The establishment of these group homes owes its realization to the support of the European Social Fund+, the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, and the Cyprus Government.

These homes serve as prototypes for future assisted-living residences, ensuring round-the-clock care. The model places a premium on addressing individual needs, fostering a stimulating and supportive environment.

A highlight of the event was the enchanting musical performance by Christos Kasoulides, a gifted musician who played the violin and serenaded the audience with traditional Cypriot melodies. Remarkably, Kasoulides is among the soon-to-be residents of the second group home.

Voice for Autism's immediate objectives encompass the establishment of additional group homes, the creation of employment opportunities, facilitation of social inclusion, support for programs targeting young individuals on the autism spectrum, and dedicated advocacy for a brighter future for this community.

Voice for Autism: Advocacy & Action, a registered NGO and non-profit entity, stands as a steadfast pillar in empowering young adults with disabilities to forge meaningful, interconnected lives.

Their mission revolves around nurturing independence, productivity, and inclusion, while persistently advocating for enhanced public and private policies in support of this cause.

[With information sourced from Philenews]

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