Envira Vidović and Lidija DuiloBoth of us are mothers of nine-year-old sons with autism

    WHO ARE YOU?

    We are Envira Vidović and Lidija Duilo. Both of us are mothers of sons with autism (both of them are 9 years old).

    We met in the kindergarten, but our friendship was strengthened when our sons became classmates in the Centar za Autizam in Zagreb.

    Our friendship means a lot to us. We support each other in difficult times and have faith in the progress of our children. We exchange advice, empower ourselves and motivate each other to be what we are.

    Lidija is an economist and works on Zagreb’s Electric Tramway. Envira is currently unemployed. Regarding our link with autism, we have the feeling that autism has chosen not only our children but also ourselves. We had to accept that and we deal with it in such a way that it is not something terrible for us, but rather a great challenge.

    LOCATION

    Zagreb, Croatia

    WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE ESIPP PROJECT?

    We are very interested in the project. Behind it there are trustworthy professionals who talk about autism and have a lot of experience with the whole spectrum as well as with the specific behaviour of people with autism. What is wonderful is that ESIPP trainers share their knowledge with professionals from our Centre and, afterwards, they have the opportunity to train and be supportive for the other parents. This way we can tell other parents about the project.

    WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE INFORMATION/TOOL OF THE PROJECT FOR YOU?

    That is a hard question. There was a lot of useful information. It is essential to establish healthy and successful communication between parents, children and therapists. All the information and topics were very important.

    IF YOU HAVE ATTENDED ANY OF THE DIFFERENT ESIPP TRAINING SESSIONS OR EVENTS, TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE.

    Thanks to this trainings we now have lots of helpful information and we want to say a BIG THANK YOU. We are very glad to be part of this project. Envira has some answers to questions along the lines of “Why and How?” and those things that she did not understand were given meaning and gave her guidance for the future. We want to thank trainers from Cyprus, the Centre for Autism and the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation in Zagreb. And we hope this project will continue its success.