Members of the Croatian Parliament Ljubica Lukačić, Ivan Ćelić and Irena Petrijevčanin-Vuksanović accepted the invitation by Centar za Autizam (CZA) to assess its work and programmes first hand, accompanied by CZA Director Žarka Klopotan.
During the visit, Parliamentary Representatives talked with Klopotan and visited CZA’s school in Zagreb. They showed interest in getting acquainted with children and adults on the autism spectrum. They also met representatives of parents of autistic children and promised greater support for the development of CZA’s programmes, which include a primary school, housing and health care.
Almost every year, with regard to the Annual Report of the Office of the Gender Equality Ombudsperson, the Croatian Parliament mentions CZA as a point of reference. This is why it is extremely important that members of the Parliament learn basic information about the association and see the conditions under which the programmes are being implemented.
In the framework of the first multiplier event held in March 2017 in Zagreb, ESIPP partners already had the opportunity to discuss with Croatian decision makers and highlight the importance of providing ESIPP training after the project’s completion and how to ensure its sustainability. Discussions were led by Ljubica Lukačić, Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Health Marijana Pavlić, Associate City Office for Social Welfare and Persons with Disabilities Lada Žamarija, Senior Advisor at the Agency for Education and Teacher Training Directorate for Preschool and Primary Education, Mara Capar, and Expert Advisor in Programmes for Students with Developmental Problems/Difficulties for the City of Zagreb, Ksenija Pick. Among other representatives from civil society were academics and associations such as UNICEF and the Croatian Society for Autism.