Testimonies of family members about ARBIT´s project

ARBIT is an European project, co-funded by the European Commission, that final aims to reach the social inclusion through the use Augmented Reality (AR) technologies to reduce disparities in access and participation of students with autism and intellectual disabilities in formal and non-formal education.

To reach that objective this project is working for an improvement of some skills which are essential for the development of social competences which are: body Knowledge, joint attention and imitation).

We´ve wanted to speak with and ask to the real protagonists, the families of people with autism, so that they can tell us about the difficulties that their relative have in developing these skills and how they think this project can help them.

In the first testimony, Mª Jose, mother of Angel, a boy with autism, tells us about the difficulties her son has had in developing these skills.

Ángel is 12 years old. He is in the 7th year of EBO (Compulsory Secondary Education) at the C.E.E. Clover, a specific concerted educational center for children with ASD created and coordinated by Autismo Ávila association.

Autismo Avila

Autismo Avila is a non-profit association founded in 2000, as a part of the Castilla-Leon Autism Federation and the Autism Confederation of Spain. This ONG has the main objective of providing support to people with autism and their families, implementing actions to improve their quality of life and promoting their inclusion in the environments where more obstacles could be found.

The second testimony belongs to Hristina, the mother of Kris, a Bulgarian, nine-year old boy, who is doing 3rd grade in a conventional school, where is supported by a full-time special educational teacher

Association Autism

The Association Autism was founded in May 2003 by parents of children and young people with autism as a non-profit organization for carrying out public benefit activities. Its main goal is to protect the social and civil rights of children, young people and adults with special needs and their families, helping overcome the social isolation and effective social integration of such children, young people and adults, raising awareness of people with TEA needs, problems and abilities. The Association Autism disseminates information about educational and health services, relief, benefits and therapies for children, adolescents, and young people with autism.