Mrs. Ban visits daycare centre for children with autism, and launches newly-published tool for families
Belgrade, 23 July 2012 – At the beginning of the two day visit of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon to Serbia, Mrs. Ban, was accompanied by Mrs. Natasa Jeremic and H.R.H. Princess Katherine Karadjordjevic, and visited the Belgrade-based “Dr. Olga Hadži Antonović daycare center“ for children with autism.
“Autism is an issue close to my heart, and my husband and I have been very involved in the efforts to raise awareness on the issue”, said Ms. Ban. “I hope that Serbia will join the Global Autism Public Health Initiative (GAPH) which is spearheaded by Autism Speaks. GAPH transcends social, cultural and geographic boundaries, increasing awareness, service delivery and research collaborations around the world. Serbia can be a powerful partner and leader in this initiative.”
“Dr. Olga Hadži Antonović daycare center“ opened in 1990 carries out out daily living activities aimed at improving the quality of life of the persons with autism and their families. The activities include indoor and outdoor activities such as weaving, pottery, soap and candle making, making wicker baskets, picnics, walks around the city and parks, gym, swimming pools, and other. All activities are being adapted to the abilities and interests of persons with autism. In total, 193 specialists in different fields are working with over 500 beneficiaries of the centre.