The Adventor civic association is based in Řepy, Prague, but the Kopec community center in Prague in Ječná Street is central to it. It was founded ten years ago by Michal Roškaňuk (51), a man with Asperger’s syndrome.
“I’m a little different, but the fact that I’m autistic isn’t just anyone to recognize me.” The director explains to Blesk, saying that practically everyone who works at the center is autistic. He doesn’t mind the autism label itself. Quite the contrary. “It simply came to our notice then that we are people with an autism spectrum disorder. However, we say that we are on the spectrum of autism. Simply because I wouldn’t feel we had a malfunction, “ Laughs.
Like him, his colleagues have good communication skills. “Thanks to our specific perception, we also see what remains hidden from non-autists. We are thus able to convey that important view from the other side in such a way that it is understandable and applicable in everyday work, education, upbringing or simply living with autistic people, “ lists the reasons why he founded the Adventor civic association.
What is an adventor?
Adventor is an association of autistic professionals who provide services and support to the autistic community. “That is, both to the people on the spectrum of autism, and to the parents of autistic people and others who are somehow affected by the issue of autism,” says director Michal Roškaňuk. At the same time, the civic association provides services supporting the autistic community, especially counseling and consultations for the autistic people themselves, as well as for parents, educators and, for example, therapists. “We have been developing for more than 10 years and we are also preparing other interesting and useful services,” adds the director.
What does it offer?
➤ Art therapy
➤ Dance movement therapy
➤ Support groups
➤ Parent groups
➤ Music therapy
➤ Supported employment
➤ Mentoring (transfer of knowledge and skills)
➤ Peer support (psychological support)
Discussions with Dušek
Adventor also holds regular discussions with actors Jaroslav Dušek and Michal Roškaňuk at the Kampa Theater. They are called We come in peace. “The great thing about the talks is that people on the spectrum meet here with other neurotypic people,” says Roškaňuk.
Protected workplace: Autikvariat
The organization also has leased premises in Prague’s Španielova Street. “We have launched a new charity project here – Autikvariát. It is a shop with books and products from sheltered workshops. Behind the sales counter, they serve “autikvarists” on the autism spectrum. The business is based on the principle of a sheltered workplace for employees on the autism spectrum with the support of a work assistant and attached volunteers, “ explains the director.
They also have a unique cinema
Another activity of Adventor is Kinoskop. Since 2020, film screenings have been held regularly at the Kopec Community Center. “We planned the project for a long time and in the end we succeeded in our big dream.” says the director. It’s not just any cinema. “The projection is adapted to the needs of hypersensitive individuals, ie people with increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli,” explains.
Even your little help can mean great hope!
In order for Adventor to help, it needs every penny. You can help the organization! All you have to do is send any contribution to the collection account number 200 400 500/0100. If you would like to help with DMS, check out the adventor.org website. Your help can also be a great hope!
Contact: Adventor, os
Address: Vondroušova 1197/53 163 00 Prague 6
Community center: Ječná 19, 120 00 Prague 2
Telephone: 602 204 501
Email: [email protected]
Data box: 33iba9m