Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation Allocated $1 Million to Children with Special Needs

The funds will go to launching a Center of intensive rehabilitation and early intervention for children with cerebral palsy and a specialists training center.

Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation allocated 330 million tenge for the Association of Parents of Disabled Children “ARDI”. A corresponding memorandum was signed last week, zakon.kz reports.

The funds will be used to establish the center of intensive rehabilitation and early intervention for children with cerebral palsy and a training center for specialists in the field of rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy. The project is implemented by the Association of Parents of Disabled Children “ARDI” with the direct support of Aruzhan Sain’s Non-Governmental Charitable Foundation “Mercy Volunteer Society” in Almaty.

The center will work in four fields:

  • Early intervention
  • Intensive therapy (rehabilitation)
  • Correction-pedagogical, occupational therapy
  • Educational and resource center

The planned coverage is up to 300 children aged 0 to 14 years. The center will introduce the best world practices and modern approaches in the rehabilitation of children diagnosed with cerebral palsy based on the principles of continuity, consistency and early intervention. All rehabilitation and training services will be provided for free.

On the basis of the center, educational research to practice seminars and trainings will be conducted by leading international specialists and Kazakhstan experts on rehabilitation of and working with children with cerebral palsy, so that the best world experience can be seamlessly put into practice in Kazakhstan.

“With the implementation of this project, a new model of an innovative rehabilitation center for children with cerebral palsy will be created to reduce the disability of children at risk based on early intervention, as well as to improve the quality of life of children with cerebral palsy,” Asiya Akhtanova, Chairman of the ARDI Association, said. “Thanks to Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation and his personal participation, it is now possible to implement such a project. I hope that eventually our center will become an expert and educational hub on working with children with cerebral palsy for the whole Kazakhstan.”

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