The National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children
The National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children (NCSAC) is a charitable organization founded by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in 2004 to provide assistance in the areas of diagnosis, orthopaedic and neurological treatment, speech therapy and education to children with disabilities.
There is no other charity in Central Asia dedicated to providing such an extensive range of services to children with special needs.
The charity strives to make a real, positive difference to the lives of children and to offer vital support to their families and carers, with the goal of helping disabled children to attain their full potential.
Dedicated professional staff – speech therapists, special educators, psychologists, neurologists, therapeutic exercise specialists, orthopaedic surgeons, masseurs, sign-language teachers and art therapists – draw up individual development programmes for every child who comes to the centre. These programmes are tailored to fit every child’s needs on the basis of his or her current strength and agreed priority areas of development.
To date, over 7,500 children with disabilities or signs of stunted growth have benefited from services provided by the charity.
The centre is fitted with the latest equipment for the functional recovery of children suffering from musculoskeletal disorders; a Lokomat treadmill, Solostep physical therapy devices, and standing frames all undoubtedly increase the effectiveness of the treatment offered.
The charity provides wheelchairs, prostheses and hearing devices for children who receive therapy at the centre.
Promoting effective, quality education for disabled children is another important area of the charity’s work, so the Centre helps disabled children enrol in public schools while also developing educational materials for them.
The charity also provides assistance – including counselling and financial help – to parents of disabled children, with special focus on supporting women marginalized and victimized by their husbands and families because of their child’s condition.
One of the charity’s uppermost priorities is to extend its work to Uzbekistan’s regions. Branches of the charity are now up and running in Samarkand (central Uzbekistan) and Ferghana (eastern Uzbekistan).