Fuerteventura magazine Interviews
FUNTEAC – Association of support for people suffering from a neurodevelopmental disorder
June 2022

FUNTEAC – Association of support for people suffering from a neurodevelopmental disorder

“We want to create a family support, a space where families can get together and share their knowledge”

Three women full of hope and energy have created the headquarters of the Association of support to people suffering from a neurodevelopmental disorder, FUNTEAC, following in the steps of its founder, Sol Fortea, who, with her two colleagues in Gran Canaria, launched this foundation. The president, in Fuerteventura, is Fabiola Moreno, Coral Naranjo is the deputy president and Jesica García, the secretary, and we met them all to gather more information about this centre and their work.

When was FUNTEAC created?

Coral.- It was created, in 2016, by a group of professionals, of which Sol Fortea, and it is dedicated, in particular, to people suffering from autism, language disorders or hyperactivity.

Fabiola.- Last year, I met with Sol Fortea, and I told her about our concern about the lack of resources on this island. She offered to move the head office to Fuerteventura and asked me to put a team together, which we have done; we have been here since January this year, but we started our activity not long ago.

Jesica.- In truth, we started working on the project in September, organising meetings with professionals in this field. In the end, we decided that we would manage it ourselves, but we have a large group of people who support us. The three sectors of education, health and politics have got involved quite a bit and have helped us.

Have you started your activity yet?

Coral.- We are reaching the goals we had set; the first being to find premises, and they are now ready after a lot of work and thanks to the help from many people. There are another two rooms as well that will be the therapy rooms when we are in full flow. But, in order to do so, we need subsidies and donations. In the meantime, we are providing training for professionals with courses animated by specialists in this field, who come from Gran Canaria. The next course is scheduled for May 7th.

Don't you have courses dedicated to families who are affected?

Jesica.- Of course, we want to create a family support, a space where families can meet and share their knowledge on different subjects. We want to provide training for parents and grandparents, who are also very important, explaining how to act and what they should do in specific situations. We will start with early care, which is for children aged 0 to 6 years old, and later, we would like to look after children from 6 years old upwards. We are also preparing a guide to be used by parents who have just found out about their children's condition.

Fabiola.- We want to become the shoulder that people can rest on, to learn what to do from the very beginning and during those tough moments of confusion and sadness.

In order to get access to the therapies that you will soon offer, what should families who are interested do? Do they need some kind of certificate, ask for an appointment, etc.?

Coral.- Families can e-mail us atfunteac.porti@gmail.com to get their first interview and present their case to us. Our objective is the total integration of all cases, wherever they come from, born or residents on the island. We won't ask them for ID in order to provide them with help from the foundation.

It is, therefore, a good time for families to contact the association...

Fabiola.- Yes, it is, but we don't want to give false hopes to people, we are progressing very slowly as we want to create good bases so that FUNTEAC can be strong, to survive and prevail even if we are no longer present. Therefore, we go slowly, but surely.

Coral.- Indeed, but although we are progressing slowly, we aim at starting therapies in June. We will keep on adding more activities as our budget allows for it.

Fabiola.- FUNTEAC stands for full inclusion. During World Autism Awareness Day we lived a lovely situation: there were children suffering from neurodevelopmental disorders and others who didn’t, and while they were all playing together, we couldn't tell one from the other. We believe that it is an education theme, to teach them to empathise and tolerate the other children with their differences. We want them to have “A happy journey in their life”.

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