Асоциация на родителите на деца с увреден слух
Association of Parents of Hearing Impaired Children
Association of Parents of Hearing-Impaired Children (APHIC) was established on 23rd February 1992 in Sofia. It was a natural process resulting from the increasing needs of the parents of the hearing impaired children to share their problems and to look for alternatives for integrating the children into the groups of children of their age. The main functions of the Association are to support the children and their families through organizing speech and hearing rehabilitation, trainings, cultural events, encouraging the children in visiting the public schools aiming at facilitating the process of their integration.
The first steps of the Association were difficult, and a lot of problems had to be overcome – lack of support and understanding from the civil society and from the Government. Thanks to the efforts made by all the members of the Association, as well as their personal input to the public awareness – the society has become more cooperative and the number of people understanding the problems of the hearing impaired children and their families had become significantly higher. The communication with public institutions and other organizations had been improved.
In 1993 Bulgarian APHIC has become an associate member of the European Federation of Parents of Hearing Impaired Children (FEPEDA) and therefore invited to participate in the Federation’s annual meetings.
Bulgarian APHIC is an associated member of FEPEDA from July 1993. After Bulgaria had become a Member State (January 1st, 2007) – Bulgarian Association had become a voting member.
With a Council of Ministers Decision No. 1149 dated 17.10.1996, APHIC was recognized as Nationally represented Non-Governmental Organization. Consequently APHIC became a member of the National Council for rehabilitation and social integration and it is being supported financially by the state budget.