Sense International Romania will celebrate December 3, the international Day of People with Disabilities, by organising various activities with children and young people with deafblindness and multisensory impairments from our partner schools. We will keep you posted about these, as they develop. Now, we want to tell you about the initiative of our colleague, Etelka Czondi, who decided this year to donate her birthday – December 3 – through Galantom, to children and young people with deafblindness. v
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December 3 is the International Day of People with Disabilities.
December 3 is my birthday.
This year, I will NOT turn 40 years old, this year I will turn 18 + 22 years of experience in working with people with disabilities.
I have spent the past 11 year together with people with deafblindness in Romania, working for Sense International Romania. For those who don’t know, a person with deafblindness has both visual and hearing impairments.
Because it is a special year, I decided to donate my birthday to children and young people with deafblindness in Romania!
Why should you make me such a beautiful present?
Because I wish for early intervention for newborn babies with sensory impairments to be available to all those who need it!
Because I wish for all children with deafblindness to have the chance of high quality education.
Because I wish for young people with deafblindness to be able to find a job, so as to live an independent life.
So please, this year, make a special present for me and contribute to our efforts to create a world where all people with deafblindness can be active and equal members of the society.
The funds raised will be used in our projects for children and young people with deafblindness in Romania.
Ana is an example for us – she makes us believe that it is possible to overcome our limits, especially if we are motivated by a social cause. Ana lives in the UK, she is passionate about tourism and works in the field, but living there made her get involved with social causes. This is how she became an enthusiastic supporter of the Sense International from UK and started to raise funds from her friends and her community for the projects developed in Romania.
At the beginning she was a mountain guide for UK people coming to the Romanian mountains in order to raise money for different projects developed by the foundation and this made her realize that each person could get involved into social causes above its day to day responsibilities.
From this to accept the challenge to swim 5 kilometres into a lake nearby London, within the event Great North Swim, was just a one-step! She was really motivated so what remained was to get trained for the event!
Just 3 weeks before the event, she went to the swimming pool, where her trainer Laura told her that ” you won’t like this, but you’ll have to swim continuously for 1 hour; technique can help you, but you need to raise your endurance.” Ana says that “it was so hard, I wanted to quit on the spot, but I got into the pool and swam. Laura sat on the side and counted my laps, I’ve done 2km. The next week I swam every day at my local pool, I found the time and did it. Every lap I could see Laura on the side of the pool saying ‘keep going, stretch your arms and focus on your breathing”.
There is a huge difference from swimming in a pool than in a lake. Ana remembers that “it was so different! For start, not seeing the bottom was scary. Then there was no end of the pool to turn and take a bigger breath. The distances from one buoy to the next were bigger and there were less people in the water. But lakes are beautiful and by the end of my first lap, 400m, I really enjoyed it”.
The day of the event was full of emotions, Ana felt nervous and excited at the same time. The message she got from a friend helped her to focus on what she has to do:” no matter the result, for the training you put into this, you are amazing to me”.
She managed to finish the race within 2 hours and 20 minutes – she was not the first and not the last.
Her story is an inspiration to us and shows that when you combine one activity to a social good, there is no way you won’t succeed!
We hope that we managed to transmit you this inspiration and if you wish to get involved you can support Ana with a donation, here –https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amydulac
The funds raised will support young people with deafblindness in Romania on their path towards an independent life.
27th of June is the worldwide celebration day of Helen Keller when people from all around the world organize different activities with the aim to raise awareness around deafblindness and defend the rights of people with deafblindness.
This year we organized the event ”Beyond senses” together with our friends from AMAis – an event where participants could experiment the sensory tent, the tactile maps and to participate to mobility and orientation walks in the absence of sight and hearing.
Helen Keller is also celebrated within the special schools we are working with through different creative activities dedicated to children with deafblindness. This year 17 special schools from all around the country were involved and more than 700 children with deafblindness/multisensory impairments, together with children from conventional schools took part of creative workshops, interacted between them through games and exercises, participated to trips, practiced climbing and learned about the life story of Helen Keller.
The ones who took part to the event and experimented the sensory tent, tried to understand the space through tactile maps and participated to mobility and orientation walks without seeing or hearing were truly impressed and some of their reactions can be read in the testimonials bellow:
”Congratulations on your initiative of bringing “normal” people into another “normal” reality. Thank you for your efforts to open the eyes of people who live in a comfortable unconsciousness. I am really happy I met you and that you are trying to change rigid mentalities.” – Raluca, participant.
”To me, this exercise meant leaving my comfort zone. Lacking some senses leads to the inevitable heightening of others. It is hard, it is difficult, it is almost impossible to move on after losing one of your senses, but on the other hand you begin seeing the world with “different eyes”. Congratulations for all your hard work and I wish you the strength to carry on!” – Iulia, swimmer for Sense International Romania at Swimathon.
We thank all those who came to perceive the world beyond senses!
Our project Sensabilitate received the second price at the Civil Society Gala, to the category „Defence of individual/collective rights”! We want to thank all our partners, people involved in the project and all participants from the deafblindness awareness events we organized in 2017!
The Civil Society Gala is an event which encourages and honours civil initiatives, NGO projects and projects focused on social responsibility in the community. This year the Gala was at its 16th edition and took place on the 11th of June, at the Romanian Athenaeum.
Each year, before the event, hundreds of projects are being analysed by a jury, in order to select the ones which will be recognised at the open stage. 16 categories reunited hundreds of projects which applied and we registered the project Sensabilitate to the category „Defence of individual/collective rights”, including all activities we organized within the project during 2017.
The project Sensabilitate was organized during June 2016 – October 2017, with the support of Orange Foundation, as part of their funding programme „The world through colour and sound”, the edition of 2016.
The idea of the project was to increase the awareness level of the large public related to deafblindness, by knowing the effects related to this deficiency and offering relevant information about deafblindness to the large public participating to our events. For us, the partners involved and the ones participating, Sensabilitate meant:
We are very glad that this initiative was truly appreciated by the jury of this category and we thank everyone who was involved!
Our partners from Arad, from the Special High School ”Sf. Maria”, organised on 7th of June an event announcing the accreditation of the typography of the high school! We are very glad about the fact that the special high school from Arad will be the third accredited high schools from our network of partners on the occupation of typography, along with the ones from Bucharest and Timișoara, as a part of the Vocational Programme we initiated from 2012 in 8 cities all over the country.
This activity was organized with the support of the County Council of Arad and named ”A chance for them also”, with the purpose to announce the process put in place in order to obtain the accreditation for the occupation of typographer off-set from the authority A.R.A.C.I.P. for the typography created and equipped at our initiative, as a part of the Vocational Programme and with the support of Orange Foundation, within the funding programme ”The world through colour and sound”.
The initiative comes as a following to all efforts made by now, from the launching of the typography workshop, in 2014, where young people with deafblindness and multisensory impairments learn this trade and got the chance to have an independent life in the future.
From the new school year, 2018-2019, a new class of future typographers will start their work in the workshop and this gave us the satisfaction of a successful project, which began from the real needs of these young people and which is now carried on further!
Swimathon Bucharest is an event very dear to us and this year we are participate for the third time! It is an event which brings together people, communities, companies, NGOs and many dreams, all on a common platform of online fundraising which make these dreams possible.
Our dream was linked every year to children with deafblindness that we work for, because they gave us the motivation to continue our work. If in the first year we managed to raise funds for the therapy of small children from the early intervention centres and in the second year for the materials needed by the young people with deafblindness from our vocational centres, in order to continue their work and learn the trade of the workshop, this year we intent to organize workshops of art therapy for children and young people with deafblindness from our school partners, in June, with the occasion of Helen Keller, and in December, with the occasion of 3th of December, the International Day of People with Disabilities.
We are glad that we managed to have near us this year 5 teams of swimmers fundraisers – 25 people determined to swim and raise funds for our cause.
At the link bellow you can find more information about our project that we are raising funds for, together with all 5 teams that you could support through a donation. The fundraising campaign is available by 31st of July 2018 and online donations can be done simply on the platform – https://2018.swimathonbucuresti.ro/sensart/
We are getting close to the event and preparing to #makewaves besides them, on 30th of June, at the Dinamo Swimming Pool, together with other 85 teams of people. We are glad to be part of a community so big of people who want to make a change in their community, through the projects they are supporting!
We participate for the third time at Swimathon București with the project SENSart – an event which brings the community together though swimming and has the purpose to fundraise for different local projects.
This year we are raising funds for children with deafblindness from 9 special schools from Bucharest and other cities in order to organize art therapy workshops for them, in 2 editions – in June, with the occasion of Helen Keller celebration and in December, on the International Day of People with Disabilities.
The art therapy workshops will include paintings, sculptures, decorations and many other forms of art. Children will have the occasion to express themselves through art, to develop their communication skills with their colleagues and teachers. Additionally, this is an occasion for the large public to increase their awareness regarding deafblindness.
In order to make possible all these activities, we need besides us passionate, determined and caring people! By participation to the event Swimathon you will have the chance to be beside all these children, to get to know them, to understand their needs and to support them!
If you know to swim and you want to make a change for these children, there are some reasons to participate at Swimathon Bucuresti to support the children from the 9 special schools all around the country:
We already have one motivated team with is besides us for the third year and we thank all their members for their commitment – Fantastic 5! For them, the wish to get involved and do something good for these children is bigger than the fear to not succed! So, if you want to #makewaves together at this year event, write us! We are looking for 2 more motivated teams to enjoy with us the Swimathon experience!
Words of thank you addressed to Mr. Vasile Adamescu by Etelka Czondi, Director of Sense International Romania. (Video + English transcript below)
Hello and I am really happy to see so many participants.
It is a true pleasure and I am convinced that Mr. Adamescu is also very happy to have so many young people here.
I know he enjoys that.
Dear Mr. Adamescu,
Viorel, please, kindly interpret for me.
For more than ten years, I believed that we, Sense International Romania, laid the foundation of everything happening in Romania in the field of deafblindness.
Then I read your books and I realized I was wrong.
You yourself are the true foundation, the true cornerstone in everything around deafblindness in Romania.
The moment you first stepped into a school was the moment that deafblindness started to be known and renown.
You and your teachers, as well as your friends, are the promoters – the ones who fight for the rights of people with deafblindness.
In 2001, our organisation was established. I am referring to the foundation Sense International Romania.
Five years later, we have succeeded, through our efforts and the efforts of other organisations, to have deafblindness recognized by the Romanian legislation as a distinct disability.
We worked together with the Ministry of Education. We still work with the Ministry of Education, with universities, special schools for children with hearing and visual impairments, hospitals, local authorities, doctors.
But I believe we would not be where we are now, had it not been for your support. Mister Adamescu is a member on the Sense International Romania Board of Directors.
I am truly honored and proud to know you.
For us, you represent the home that, in this crazy world, humanity and kindness still exist, even if at times we cannot hear or see them.
Thank you for fighting and confronting life. You are an example for us all.
In the end, I would like to offer you something, Mr. Adamescu.
It is a plaque, a distinction of honors: VASILE ADAMESCU, THE PROMOTER OF THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DEAFBLINDNESS IN ROMANIA.
You can hang this on the wall, alongside all the other awards that I know you have.
You are welcome!
Sense International Romania, together with the University of Bucharest, The Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences – Special Education Department, organised the launch of Mr. Vasile Adamescu’s second autobiographic book, “CONFRONTING LIFE”.
Please watch Mr. Adamescu’s speech (video has Romanian and English subtitles) or read the transcipt below.
I am very happy to be here today and to be able to present to you all the second volume of my autobiography, called CONFRONTING LIFE.
I wrote this book in the memory of my teachers and as a thank you to all those wonderful people who contributed to my recovery ad training. I hope that, through my example, I will help people in difficult situations and inspire those with disabilities and convince the soeciety that we can also be useful.
I am very glad that this event is organised by the foudnation Sense International Romania, an organisation working in the field of deafblindness. I have been collaborating with them for many years. We fight together for the rights of these people.
I wish that the life of my peers with deafblindness becomes more and more easy and that we benefit from more rights and that we succeed in recuperating as many children as possible with such impairments.
Therefore, I thank Sense International Romania, the Faculty of Phychology and Education Sciences from Bucharest, the Association for the Blind Romania, and all those who supported me.
I hope you read my book with pleasure. I hope you enjoy it.
I wish you all the best and have a beautiful spring!
”Confronting life” is the autobiography of a strong-willed man, a man who defeated darkness and silence. Left without vision and hearing at the age of two, Vasile Adamescu seemed like a lost cause but, through an extraordinary struggle, conquered the impossible, with the help of his kind hearted teachers.
He learned to talk, to write, to read, to know the world through touch, smell, sensations. He was educated and trained, graduated highschool, The Special Education Faculty, the Arts School, becoming a teacher and working throughout his life with students with sensory impairments.
He is actively involved in promoting the rights of people with deafblindness, continually fighting to increase the quality of life for people with visual and hearing impairments. He is one of the few cases in the whole world who achieves such a performance, given the double sensory impairment.
Sense International Romania, together with the University of Bucharest, The Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences – Special Education Department, have the pleasure of inviting you to the launch of Mr. Vasile Adamescu’s second autobiographic book, “CONFRONTING LIFE”.
The event will take place on Thursday, April 19th 2018, beginning with 15.30, at the faculty headquarters, Șoseaua Panduri no. 90, Damaschin Amphtheater, groundfloor.