VIDEO INTERVIEW | Denis Jankulovski - Kosmonautko: Our goal is to reach those who do not live with persons with atypicality

Denis Jankulovski Kosmonautko / Photo: "Sloboden Pechat" / Dragan Mitreski

To be recognized and accepted the diversities in social and private life is a personal but also a collective goal of every member of society. From adults to children, we all need to get involved in the activities and how consciousness will rise for the existence and inclusion of persons with atypical development, so that we can then help them in making their lives easier.

About this and about the needs and the struggle that people and families who live with some atypicality lead on a daily basis, in the morning show "Free Press" we talked with the activist and president of the Autism Association AAMK, Denis Jankulovski – Cosmonaut.

– One of the ways we should function is honesty. When they ask me why I want to do this, it is because I want to help, to make my own contribution to improving the quality of life of people with atypical development, no matter what it is. The association is Autism AAMK, but at all the inclusive events we do there are people with and without atypical development - says Jankulovski.

Jankulovski is known for organizing inclusive events every year where children with atypical development enjoy and socialize, but of course also the others, the guests, who are already regularly part of these events, which usually take place in Shkolka's city park. .

- When it was the first event, the first gathering in the Francophonie park, we were about fifteen people and about twenty children, so last year, at last year's event, we had eight hundred children. So eight hundred children came with at least one parent, and that means that awareness has really increased, not only for families who live with some atypicality, but also for those who don't have such people around them - says Denis.

In terms of whether and how much things are changing on a societal and individual level, Dennis says that while there have been sporadic shifts, we are still far from what is needed to really help these people cope with their already difficult everyday lives.

- That is exactly our goal, to reach those parents who do not live with persons with atypicality, and we want them to find out, to join our fellowships, to come, get involved, simply get to know each other. So the first moment is getting to know each other. Well now it is individual, so how we see it all. In relation to the state, social level, that is, compared to when I officially started doing it or before, when I listened to all those needs, conversations, conversations with parents, with families who live with disabilities, not that there are no changes , but these are sporadic shifts. Let's say there is a school, in a municipality, which came out in anticipation. Is it a wheelchair ramp, is it inclusive, is it a sensory room, does it help in some way, it really shows inclusion, that is, the acceptance and respect of those people. However, in the same municipality, it may not be in another school, so it is as if it is simply left to the good will of a mayor or a director. However, the fact is that at the state level we are far from what it should be - adds Jankulovski about how far the fight for the rights of these people has come.

You can watch the rest of the conversation with Denis Jankulovski at the following link:

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