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Nicoleta is 29 years old and she has been living in Motivation family-like homes since 2004. She was placed at a foster place at an early age, but her mother and sisters remained connected with her. Nicoleta is part of the Motivation team of Special Olympics athletes, with whom they constantly train and participate in numerous competitions in the country and abroad, especially in athletics and skiing. In 2016 she obtained a certificate of graduation at the course “Technician Masseur – Somatic Massage”. Since January 2018, she has been half-time employed as a commercial worker at one of Carrefour’s shops. For the rest of the time, Nicoleta takes part in group activities at the day center.

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Mihaela is 29 years old and lives at Motivation since 2004. Abandoned at birth, Mihaela lived in different placement centers. She very much wishes to know her natural family, but unfortunately, the family could not be identified. Mihaela graduated from a special school of arts and crafts in Bucharest. Every day she works in our organization’s occupational therapy workshop, where she makes plaster products, clay and wax candles, along with other youth. Her passions remain crochet and thematic puzzles. Mihaela also participates in special Olympics, athletics, bocce and ski competitions. As a member of the Special Olympics at Motivation, Mihaela has participated in the National Games SO since 2004. She is very fond of traveling, very receptive to the social events debated in the press and on television and is constantly watching the news.

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Eduard, known as Edi, is 26 years old and lives in the Motivation family-like homes since 2004. He graduated from the School of Arts and Crafts in Bucharest and is currently employed at Motivation LLC. Over the years, Edi has participated in the Special Olympics training and competitions in bocce, athletics and skiing. In 2011, he participated in Athens World Games where he won the title of World Champion at Bocce, Special Olympics Athens 2011.

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Florin Bârnoi came to us in 2004. In the first years he participated with great enthusiasm at the activities organized by the friends from Special Olympics Romania. He now uses a wheelchair to help him move around and loves just as much to be independent. There were times when it was very difficult for him to eat alone, but even then, with a lot of will, he succeeded. Now, as in the beginning, he tries to do as many things as possible on his own, including helping the staff in the house where he lives.
When his physical abilities allowed, Florin helped prepare the greenhouse behind the house where he lives.

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Anca is a 21-year-old young woman who has been deinstitutionalised from a foster care center in 2003. Having spastic paraparesis, Anca can only walk with the support of a specially designed frame for her needs. At Motivation Center Anca has a structured program of physiotherapy, speech therapy, special psychopedagogy and psychological counseling. Anca attended a special school in Bucharest. She likes to learn new things and is particularly responsive to the teachers’ requirements. In her family-like home, she participates in everyday household activities, being very orderly and meticulous. Being especially sensitive and emotional, Anca easily makes friends. Although she really wants to meet her parents and brothers, they have never visited her.

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Florin Moise turned 28 years old and we have known each other for 16 years. Florin likes to know something about every person he meets. He has some favorite questions: what is the subway station do you live, what pajamas do you have, when is your birthday. He likes sweets and food magazines. He needs a well-known and routined program. He is cheerful and easily finds inspired metaphors that describe the people around him.

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Laurenţiu is 20 years old and has been in place at the Motivation Romania Foundation since 2003. Diagnosed with a slightly retarded mentally retarded child, he was able to integrate himself from the beginning into a mainstream school, along with other children in the community. He is a graduate of 12 classes from the Secondary Gymnasium Second School in Bucharest. For one year, Laurentiu was integrated into the family of a professional nursing assistant in the community. Returning to the family-type home has led to strong emotional feelings. Lack of support from Motivation specialists could have led to a degradation of his physical and psychological condition. To address their emotional problems, Day Care specialists have developed an adapted recovery program: psychological counseling sessions, cognitive stimulation and sports training. He is a sociable young man, eager to make friends. He prefers the adult company to whom he calls for all the attention. He likes to feel protected and safe.

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Georgiana has lived in the Motivation family since 2005, when she was 5 years old. She came to us from the Tâncăbești Placement Center, where she lived for 2 years. Georgiana left us in 2019, but those who took care of her and loved her like to remember her bright look, the joy with which she greeted them every time and the time spent together.

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Mădălina is 26 years old and has lived in our family since 2004. Mădălina participates in the activities of the Motivation occupational therapy workshop. She loves to color and has recently learned to sew. She enjoys shopping and traveling. She is eager to meet people and make friends.

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Marian is a 23-year old deinstitutionalized by Motivation in 2003. The precarious material situation of the family and its lack of interest in the child have led to its placement by the authorities in a placement center. Recovery program initiated by Motivation immediately after the transfer in the residential program helped Marian overcome the emotional problems that arose, thus being able to integrate into the family of a professional nursing mother in the community. However, in the summer of 2009, Marian returned to one of the family-type homes of our organization. Marian participates in day-center group activities as well as sports activities, being the World Champion at the World Special Olympics Athens 2011 Games. Since January 2018, he has been employed as a part-time commercial worker at Carrefour.

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Ionut is a 21-year-old man, very cheerful and energetic. Being at Motivation since 2003, he has benefited from a recovery program to correct language disorder and eliminate difficult behaviors. Being diagnosed with a mild mental retardant, Ionut was integrated into the public school in the community, where he completed 12 grades. For four years, until June 2009, Ionut lived in the family of a professional nursing assistant. Returning to Motivation family-like home, Ionuţ benefited from a counseling program to be supported in the transition process. He is involved in all activities carried out by youth in the family-like homes: an adapted recovery program at the Day Care Center, occupational therapy, greenhouse activities in the courtyard, summer camps at Văratec etc. Particularly energetic, Ionut prefers outdoor activities, motion games, sports training.

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Cristian is 17 years ago and was deinstitutionalized by Motivation Romania Foundation at young age of 4. Transferring to Motivation in May 2005, Cristian has been integrated into a personalized recovery program based on Motivation’s specialists assessment. With the help of this program, the day center team aims to help Cristian overcome the emotional states and memories of life in the institution, develop his language and make progress in physical development. Progress has been evident shortly, and Cristian’s integration into the family of a professional maternal assistant has also contributed to these advances. Cristian returned to one of the family-type homes of our organization.

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Alexandru is now 23 years old and has been living with us since 2005. He graduated from a special school in Bucharest and has a recovery and sports program at the Day Center. Recently, he is helping our colleague Daniel, with great pleasure, at the carpentry workshop within the Day Center. Alex is very enthusiastic about leisure activities – trips, celebrations, parties but also to the daily activities in the house where he lives. He has a sense of humor and his joy is contagious.

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George is a 29-year-old young man who lives in one of the Motivation’s homes in Clinceni. Because of his diagnosis, George could not be integrated into a mass school. However, since 2004, he attended the Day Center of our organization, where he followed an intensive recovery program tailored to his needs. Although he made progress in terms of cognitive development and has developed new skills of personal autonomy, George needs permanent help from an adult. Especially jovial and friendly, George is looking for the company of the other young people. He likes to sing and listen to music. He is very happy to attend social activities, outdoors walks, along with direct-care staff or the Day Care Center.

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Marius is 30 years old. He has lived at Motivation since 2004, along with other young people with similar disabilities. He is delighted when he is in the spotlight, preferring the company of adults. Although he does not speak, Marius has learned to communicate nonverbally with those who care for him. He loves listening to music and walking outdoors. Unfortunately, he does not keep in touch with his natural family, but we try to offer at Motivation a close family and a much larger one.

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Ciprian is a 29-year-old, diagnosed at birth with severe intellectual disability and deafness. Despite his diagnosis, Ciprian developed skills that allow him to walk alone in the home and in the day center, and eat without help. At Motivation Day Center, Ciprian participates in the special psycho-pedagogy, socialization and physiotherapy activities. He deliberately carries out the exercises proposed by the physical therapist to improve gait, posture and physical condition. He wants the adults around him to devote as much attention to him as possible. He likes to go outdoors on warm days and be included in group activities with other children and young people.

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Costel is 29 years old and has been living atn Motivation since September 2003. Because of his severe disability, he is not enrolled in the school, but he participates in the recovery activities organized at the Motivation Day Center. After an evaluation period, the center’s specialists developed an individual intervention program for Costel – psycho-pedagogy, speech therapy, physiotherapy and socialization activities. Although his active vocabulary is limited, Costel can express his wishes so that he is understood by others. Over time, he learned to use elements of mimic-gestural language. Costel is very conscientious. At the center of the day, he closely follows the activities involving the center’s specialists. Especially friendly and sociable, he engages with enthusiasm in household activities, offering support to direct care staff. He likes outdoor games, walk and fun activities along with other kids.

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Gabriel was only 4 years old when we took him from the placement center and he is the youngest of our children. He turned 18 last summer. Particularly sociable and friendly, Gabriel is loved by other young people and staff. Gabriel does not speak, but manages to convey to those around him what his wishes are. He really likes to be walked and to relate to others.

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Florin is a 22-year old, diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder and severe psychiatric delay. Being at Motivation since 2004, Florin lives in one of the family-type homes of the organization, along with other youth with similar disabilities. He is a graduate of 10 classes in a special school in Bucharest and goes to the Motivation Day Center where he attends speech therapy, physiotherapy, special psycho-pedagogy, cognitive stimulation, psychological counseling and socialization activities. Although he has skills that give him a certain degree of personal autonomy (he eats and dresses by himself), Florin always needs the support of an adult. His active vocabulary has a limited number of words. However, with the help of mimic-gestural language, he succeeds in understanding with others. Florin participates with great interest in outdoor activities, in games whose rules always try to respect them.

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Narghita came to Motivation in 2003 with her sister, Kassandra, who later returned to her natural family. Narghita is in constant need of adult support. She doesn’t like the changes in the daily schedule or the new people. At the day center we take into account these particularities in carrying out an adapted recovery program. She has activities that  pleases her: playing with the ball, with balls of different sizes and colors, etc.

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Bety is a 27-year-old girl. She has lived at Motivation since 2004, in one of our family-type homes. She likes solitude and we are happy when she smiles. Bety prefers the company of the adults she knows and becomes very agitated in crowded spaces or in new places.

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Aurel is a 24-year-old young man who lives in one of Motivation’s family-like homes. Due to his diagnosis – spastic tetraparesis, severe mental retardation with behavioral disorders – could not be integrated into school. Aurel uses a special chair adapted to his needs. Since 2004, he has attended the Day Center of our organization, where he has an intensive recovery program: special psycho pedagogy, cognitive stimulation and physiotherapy. Aurel needs permanent help from adults. However, he enjoys socializing, outdoor walking, along with care staff or day center staff.

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Cătălin is a 22 year old man who has been at Motivation since 2005, in one of the family-like homes of the organization. He is integrated into the day center program where he participates in speech therapy, special psycho-pedagogy, physiotherapy and socialization. Although he does not speak, Catalin expresses his intentions and desires with the help of non-verbal language, succeeding to be understood by other youth and adults. Sometimes he shows behavioral disorders specific to people with autism, but he likes to get involved with other children and young people in games of movement, domestic and social activities. Catalin has no connection with his natural family.

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Leonard is a 23-year-old, diagnosed with autism. Because of his peculiarities, Leonard is not enrolled in school, benefiting only from the recovery activities organized at the day center. After an evaluation period, the center’s specialists developed an individualized intervention program planning psycho-pedagogy, physical therapy and socialization activities. Leonard does not verbalize and manifest all autism-specific disorders: the tendency to retreat in the inner world, fear of new, destructive behavioral manifestations, motor instability. Leonard needs permanent support from direct care staff and is not interested in group activities. He responds to a limited number of actions and encounters great difficulties in solving simple situations, preferring repetitive, short activities. Leonard does not want the company of other youth and prefers outdoor walks in quiet areas.

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