Special Children Education and Solidarity Association (ÖÇED)
Special Children Education and Solidarity Association (ÖÇED), established in 2014, is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of children with autism through special education initiatives. Our organization plays a crucial role in fostering awareness and advocating for the rights of children with autism.
At ÖÇED, we are committed to supporting individuals with autism and their families throughout their entire lifespan. To achieve this, we organize autism-friendly events, conduct relevant workshops, and offer training opportunities that empower both children and their caregivers. Through our efforts, we aim to not only raise awareness about autism but also to provide essential resources and support to families navigating the challenges associated with autism.
The association’s primary focus areas include the delivery of special education and social support services tailored to the needs of children with autism and their families. ÖÇED recognizes the importance of a holistic approach, addressing not only the educational aspects but also providing emotional and social support to create a conducive environment for the development of children with autism.
With the dedication of our volunteers, ÖÇED has significantly expanded its reach, benefiting nearly 10,000 individuals through our conferences. We take pride in our growth and continuous efforts to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by autism.
Furthermore, ÖÇED has played a pioneering role by publishing the only special education magazine dedicated to families with autistic children in Turkey. This publication serves as a valuable resource, offering insights, guidance, and success stories, fostering a sense of community among families facing similar challenges.
In summary, ÖÇED remains steadfast in its mission to create a supportive and inclusive environment for children with autism. Through a combination of awareness-building, advocacy, and tangible support, we strive to empower individuals and families, making a lasting difference in their lives.
Parin Yakupyan, Chairman of the Special Children Education and Solidarity Association (ÖÇED). Parin Yakupyan was born in Istanbul. She graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Economics, Department of Finance. Between 1988 and 2005, she worked as a manager in the finance and accounting departments of the textile sector. Her twin babies, born in 2000, opened the doors of a whole new World.
One of her twins was diagnosed with autism in 2002. After a period of bewilderment and rejection, she realized that there was much to be done, and he reconsidered his entire professional and social life. 5 years after receiving the diagnosis, Parin Yakupyan and her husband Dr. Garbis Yakupyan established Special Children Education and Solidarity Association.
She attends various trainings, seminars, and congresses to provide the most accurate information to all families who come to the center and meet with her. She received training on ABA applications from ABA Specialist Nicola Stanley from England. Finally, he attended 40-hour training seminars consisting of 5 modules given by ABA Specialist Nükte Altıkulaç and was entitled to receive the ABA therapy training certificate. Since 2002, she believes that the greatest development of children is achieved through early diagnosis and intensive.
Embrace and celebrate diversity within the autism spectrum, recognizing the unique strengths and challenges of each individual.
Empower individuals with autism to lead fulfilling lives by promoting self-advocacy, independence, and self-determination.
Education and Awareness:
Promote public awareness and understanding of autism through educational initiatives, workshops, and community outreach.
Advocate for and provide resources to support early detection and intervention, recognizing the impact on long-term positive outcomes.
Engage and support families by providing resources, counseling, and a network for sharing experiences, fostering a sense of community.
Promote inclusive educational practices that cater to the diverse learning styles and needs of individuals with autism, ensuring equal access to quality education.
Advocacy for Rights:
Advocate for the rights of individuals with autism, promoting policies and practices that ensure equal opportunities, accessibility, and inclusion in all aspects of society.
Research and Innovation:
Encourage and support research initiatives that contribute to a deeper understanding of autism, leading to innovative interventions and therapies.
Foster collaboration with healthcare professionals, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders to create a supportive and inclusive environment for individuals with autism.
Promote the creation of accessible environments, services, and technologies to facilitate the active participation of individuals with autism in various aspects of society.
Provide continuous support throughout the lifespan of individuals with autism, recognizing that their needs may evolve over time.
Strive to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with autism, promoting a culture of acceptance, understanding, and inclusion.
Engage the broader community in activities and initiatives that promote social integration and understanding of autism.
Turkey’s First and Only E-Magazine on Special Education has been dedicated to challenging the prevailing perceptions of “Autism” within our society. Our primary goal is to replace existing misconceptions with accurate information and foster enduring solidarity among families who may feel isolated in their journey.
With great pride, we announce the release of our thirty-second issue, continuing our commitment to providing valuable insights and resources related to special education. In this edition, we delve into a myriad of topics, ranging from the latest research findings on autism spectrum disorders to practical tips for parents and educators.
Through engaging articles, interviews, and expert opinions, we strive to create a platform that not only informs but also inspires positive change. We believe that by disseminating accurate information and sharing personal stories, we can contribute to breaking down the barriers that individuals with autism face in our society.
As we navigate through the pages of our E-Magazine, we invite our readers to join us in this journey of understanding, acceptance, and support. Let us work together to build a more inclusive and compassionate society for individuals with special needs, fostering an environment where every person, regardless of their abilities, can thrive and contribute to the richness of our community.
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