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AUTISM PARENTS ASSOCIATION

30th April Guardian Angel School, Hamrun 14:00 – 15:00


Agenda 14:00

Registration

14:10

History and Mission of APA Administrative Update Public Relations Report Financial Report Online Update

14:35

Election of new committee members

14:45

Discussion and Q&A’s Suggestions for 2016-2017

15:00

Conclusion by the President


History  Twenty years ago: Autism was not much heard of in Malta, and parents

passed through many hardships to help their children. At this time a couple of parents formed the National Parents Society of Persons with a Disability and an Autism Focus Group was created.

 2005: Support meetings were organised and the group started creating

awareness, meeting with governing bodies and other NGOs in order to start including Autism as a priority on their agenda.

 2008: The Autism Parents Association (APA) was set up.  Today: APA has a strong committee working hard to put Autism on the

forefront on the agenda of Policymakers, and parents have their mind at rest that the team is working wholeheartedly to close any gaps in services.


Mission of APA  To unite and represent all persons joining as Members.  To promote and safeguard the interests of the Members and their children.  To represent the Members in general on boards, councils, or other associations.  To promote, foster and encourage at national level the formulation and implementation of legislative measures and policies designed to aid and facilitate the inclusion of the children in society.  To promote awareness through media.  To carry out, participate in, and/or promote research on Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Grow of footprint both locally and Internationally.


Committee Setup – Current Mr Omar Farrugia President

Admin Roles

Support Roles

Helpers (other)

Mrs Sandra Borg

Mrs Carmen Abela

Mrs Joanne Sciberras

Projects Co-ordinator

PSA (Young Children)

Gozo Co-ordinator

Mrs Valerie Brincat

Mrs Svetlana Sammut

Mrs Maruska Dimech

Public Relations Officer

Events Co-ordinator

Helper

Mr Brian Ferrante

Mrs Vira Bonavia

Mrs Pauline Ciappara

Treasurer

PSA (Teenagers)

Helper

Mrs Jane Bruno

Ms Petra Xuereb Peel

Secretary

PSA (Adolescents)


Our Members To date the Association proudly holds 203 members. APA communicates with the parent members through: The Newsletter  The Website  Facebook Pages

www.autismparentsassociation.com Autism Parents Association and Autism Parents Association Support Group  Email autismparentsassociation@gmail.com  The Telephone Parent support aides for the period 2016-2017 will be advised after the Annual General Meeting and when the new Committee is formed.


APA Member Enrolments 250

200

150

100

50

0 Members Total

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016


40

Meetings Overview

35

30

25

20

15

10

5

0

Official Meetings

Support Meetings

General Meetings

TV & Radio Discussions

Forums & Talks

Events


Social Support Calls


History cont.


Autism Awareness Month April 2015  APA Educational Talk  Autism Awareness Fun day  Autism Walk

All activities were very well attended and flyers were given out to the general public on Autism Awareness. The activities were covered by media coverage.


Autism Awareness Month April 2015


Public Relations Report 2015 -2016 During this past year the Autism Parents Association seeked to cultivate public awareness, support and involvement in their activities.


Public Relations Report PR = Public Relations, or the relationships you have with your public. It is about how you relate to them and what they think about you. Its about sending positive messages to the parents and awareness to the society. PR is also about boosting and maintaining the associations profile or maximizing its impact. Every day, we ourselves do PR with people around us by word of mouth. Spreading the word about Autism to a friend, relative or neighbor. But we cannot always talk to everyone we'd like. So we ask the media to help out and use the social network Facebook (the Autism Parents Association Support Group, APA Master Facebook page and website). Social networks are an interactive way of communicating, and sharing content and useful resources with each other. Days of one way communication are gone. It is done by people for people. By parents for parents and other carers, the audience is no longer passive but active! Getting the opportunity to building stronger support and at the same time increasing your visibility.


Public Relations Report cont. During this past year the Autism Parents Association seeked to cultivate public awareness, support and involvement in their activities. Through several means of media and organised activities in the community, the Autism Parents Association was able to raise awareness and distribute the knowledge about the Autism condition. During this past year the following APA appearances were affected to raise awareness for Autism: Parent Participating

Date

Description

Entity

10/03/2015

TV Discussion - Eli & I

NET TV

Valerie

13/03/2015

TV Discussion - Niskata

NET TV

Valerie

30/03/2015

TV Discussion - Malta Llejla

NET TV

Valerie

01/04/2015

LIUB

Marigold Foundation w/ APA

07/04/2015

TV Discussion - Dak li Jghodd

One Productions

Valerie

One Productions

Valerie

11/04/2015

TV Discussion - Program Dizabilta

16/04/2015

School Awareness Talk - Bbugia Primary Year 5 students

Birzebbugia Primary School

Valerie

24/04/2015

Meeting with Dr. Miriam Dalli MEP

Dr. Dalli's office - Zebbug

Valerie and Omar

07/05/2015

Bjorn, a youth with Autism telling his experience

Talk for Living Diversity group of students at Sta. Lucia Secondary School

Bjorn and Petra

Comments

w/ Marthese Mugliette of Downs Sydrome Association


Public Relations Report cont. Autism Awareness Talk, A Parent's Perspective

Talk for Living Diversity group of students at Sta. Lucia Secondary School

Valerie

16/05/2015

Appearance with Malta Service Dog Foundation

Baystreet

Valerie

28/05/2015

Meeting with P. Sec of Hons Dr. Michael Farrugia re: Medical Board

Ministry of Family & Social Solidarity

Valerie & Omar

08/05/2015

28/05/2015

29/05/2015 03/06/2015

15/06/2015 16/06/2015

22/06/2015 25/06/2015 9, 10, 11/07/2015

02/08/2015 11/08/2015 19/08/2015 25/08/2015

Mente Presentation with MEDE Education Department Meeting with Archbishop Charles Scicluna Kurja Meeting with FSWS re: Training Course for Support workers FSWS Head Office - Sta. Venera

Gvern Li Jisma Meeting with Director of Student Services Seminar on Disability Issues NGO Consultation @ Seabank Hotel Visit with the president of Malta Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Let Me Learn Conference Continued discussions with Minister Dr. Michael Farrugia re: Medical Board of Disability Allowance Meeting with Director of Student Services Parents Discussion Meeting Meeting with B' Bugia Local Council

Omar & Valerie Omar, Giselle, Carmen Omar & Valerie

Hilltop Home

Valerie

Student Service Dept- Hamrun Parliamentary Secretariat for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing

Omar & Valerie

San Anton Palace

Committee of APA

Victoria Palace

Valerie

Ministry of Family & Social Solidarity

Omar & Valerie

Student Service Dept- Hamrun The Kitchen Garden B' Bugia Local Council

Omar & Valerie Committee of APA Omar & Valerie

Valerie, Sandra & Carmen

Minister Hons Dr. Michael Farrugia & Hons. Dr. Justyn Caruana


Public Relations Report cont. 02/09/2015

Continued discussions with Minister Dr. Michael Farrugia re: Medical Board of Disability Allowance

Ministry of Family & Social Solidarity

Omar & Valerie

16/09/2015

TV Discussion - Aroma Mattina

One Productions

Valerie

01/10/2015

Synergy Pilot Project on Challenging Behaviour

Inspire Learning Hub

Valerie & Maruska

05/10/2015

TV Discussion - Lifestyle & Co.

TVM2

Valerie

09/10/2015

Back To School - Coping Strategies

Iklin Parish Church Hall

Committee of APA

14/10/2015

TV Discussion - Lifestyle & Co.

TVM2

Valerie

21/10/2015

Siegha Zmien

One Productions

Omar & Valerie

22/10/2015

TV Discussion - Lifestyle & Co.

TVM2

Valerie

22/10/2015

TV Discussion - Newsfeed

NET TV

Valerie

w/ Claudia Kirby Balzan & Inspire's Adrian Huber

22/10/2015

Telephone Interview - TVAM

TVM

Valerie

w/KNPD's Oliver Scicluna

28/10/2015

Article 19 UNCRPD Conference

Dolmen

Valerie

05/11/2015

Meeting with CareMalta

CareMalta office – Mosta

Sandra & Valerie

09/11/2015

TV Discussion - Lifestyle & Co.

TVM2

Valerie

16/11/2015

TV Discussion - Xift

NET TV

Valerie

w/ Dr. Rita Micallef

25/11/2015

TV Discussion - 12 to 3

TVM

Valerie

w/ Dr. Rita Micallef & Doreen Mercieca

Two recordings were done for two separate programs

In collaboration with Hand in Hand Malta and Mrs. Connie Magro

Aired on 21/10/2015


Public Relations Report cont. 02/12/2015

TV Discussion - Arena

One Productions

Valerie

w/Oliver Scicluna (KNPD) & Anna Calleja (SO)

03/12/2015

Press Conference Re:- Autism State Plan

Ministry of Family & Social Solidarity

Valerie

w/Hons. Dr. Justyn Caruana

3, 4, 5/12/2015

VO Conference

Victoria Palace Hotel

Omar, Brian, Valerie

10/12/2015

TV Discussion - Lifestyle & Co.

TVM2

Valerie

17/12/2015

TV Discussion - Lifestyle & Co.

TVM2

Valerie

19/12/2015

Cinema Day

Gallerija Fgura

Omar & Giselle

04/01/2016

TV Discussion - Lifestyle & Co.

TVM2

Valerie

04/01/2016

Radio Discussion - Campus FM

Campus FM 103.7

Valerie

13/01/2016

Disability Forum

San Anton Palace

Presidents' Foundation for Sandra, Omar & Valerie Social Wellbeing

20/01/2016

Awareness talk for Homestart Volunteers

Valerie

20/01/2016

Opening Ceremony of Learning Hub

Agenzija Appogg Learning Hub Ghajnsielem GOZO

22/01/2016

Awareness talk for Fortini Resource Centre

Fortini Resource Centre Birgu

Valerie

26/01/2016

Inspire meeting with CEO of Inspire

Inspire - Bulebel

Valerie & Omar

12/02/2016

Awareness talk for Homestart Volunteers

Agenzija Appogg

Valerie

12/02/2016

Meeting w/St. Jeanne Antide Foundation

St. Jeanne Antide

Sandra, Omar & Valerie

15/02/2016

TV Discussion - Lifestyle & Co.

TVM2

Valerie

20/02/2016

Youth Parents Meeting

MCVS Centre

Sandra, Omar & Valerie

27/02/2016

Autism Workshop - Girl Guide Leaders

San Antonio Hotel Bugibba

Valerie

10/03/2016

Autism Awareness Talk Mother & Baby Group

Swatar

Valerie

w/parent of ADHD child and Oliver Scicluna (KNPD)

Joanne & Valerie

2nd session


Financial Report


Financial Report 2015 Autism Parents Association - Income and Expenditure For the year ending 31 December 2015 Income Memberships & Fund Raising Donations Total income

1,982.50 2,436.49 € 4,418.99

Expenses Autism Europe 825.00 Conferences 608.41 Post 46.59 Gifts 40.00 Activities BBQ 1,147.00 Autism month 2015 633.51 Christmas 2014 461.40 Christmas 2015 957.00 Total expenses € 4,718.91 Surplus/(deficit) for the year

€ (299.92)

Opening Surplus as at 1 Jan 2015

€ 3,500.45

Closing Surplus 31 Dec 2015

€ 3,200.53


Online Update


Online Update - Website - Facebook Pages - Twitter


www.autismparentsassociation.com


3276 (Likes) Followers


683 Members


It’s Time To cast Your Vote


Election of Committee Members The following are the members who have been nominated to form the committee for the period 2015-2016. Mr Omar Farrugia Mrs Valerie Brincat Mrs Carmen Abela Mrs Joanne Sciberras Mrs Pauline Ciappara Mrs Tanya Bezzina Mrs Emma McEwen. Consulting - Mrs. Giselle Pisani.

Mrs Sandra Borg Mr Brian Ferrante Mrs Svetlana Sammut Mrs Marica Saliba Mrs Jane Bruno Mrs Maruska Dimech


Election of Committee Members Positions within the Association; 

President

PSA (Kids 3-12)

PRO

PSA (Teenagers / Youths)

Projects

PSA (Adolescents / Young Adults)

Sec/Admin

PSA (Gozo)

Treasurer

Newsletter Co-ordinator

Events


New Committee Setup – (Proposed) Mr Omar Farrugia President

Finances

Operations

Public Relations

Admin

Mr Brian Ferrante Treasurer / EU Funds

Projects Mrs Sandra Borg Projects Manager Mrs Maruska Dimech Assistant Project Co-ordinator

Mrs Valerie Brincat PRO / PSA GEN

Mrs Emma McEwen Secretary / Admin

Marketing Mrs Tanya Bezzina Marketing Co-ordinator Publications

Conference & Events Mrs Svetlana Sammut Mrs Carmen Abela Parent Support Agents Mrs Sandra Borg Mrs Marica Saliba

Mrs Maruska Dimech Newsletter Co-ordinator

Gozo Support

Youth Groups

Mrs Joanne Sciberras

Mrs Sandra Borg Mrs Valerie Brincat Mrs Marica Saliba Mrs Pauline Ciappara

Gozo Co-ordinator

Research & Analysis Mrs Giselle Pisani Health & Medicine

Minutes Book keeping AGM E-Marketing

Mrs Jane Bruno Helper


Your Feedback Counts Suggestions for 2016 to 2017


Thanks for joining us !!! !! Inspire POTS KNPD

Hand In Hand Aqra Mieghi ADHD Malta Malta Autism Centre

Speech & Language Department CDAU Agenzija Support Help Me Learn Opening Doors Centru Tbexbix

Malta Service Dogs Foundation Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Company


Conclusion


On behalf of all the APA Committee !!!

APA AGM 2016  

Autism Parents Association Annual General Meeting - 2016

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