Nearly all of De Kempen Specials (DKS) volunteers have a child with autism, so they understand as no other how it feels for a child to be excluded from “normal” society. Society often finds behaviour of autistic children to be strange and they can become a target of teasing. At DKS the children don’t need to explain or apologize if they don’t feel like talking, or if they feel overwhelmed and wish to sit apart for a while. Through simply arranging social activities, we see that the realization of acceptance for just being yourself is wonderfully liberating for children, young adults & parents alike.

Although DKS can’t take away the burden that autism sometimes brings upon a family, their volunteers get a feeling of fulfillment from just knowing that using their free time helps these youngsters find enjoyment .

We believe that leisure can be a fantastic tool to reinforce social link. That is why we are helping DKS to fund some extra activities, making them more affordable and available to families. Through leisure, DKS helps to improve self-confidence of its present members so that youngsters with autism can be part of the society.

Funding: €5,030 in 2019-2020.

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Eersel, HollandSupported in: 2020

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I am so pleased we have found you, I can see my girls enjoying social contact.

A mother of 2 daughters

DKS is great, we all have our own problems, but we can all be who we are and no-one makes an issue out of it!

A young girl from DKS

All the others accept him without question and don’t tease him about choosing not to talk, and I can see he is happy and relaxed to join in activities.

A mother talking about her boy

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