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The Impact of Autism on the Farkas Family

Photographer: Attila Balazs


Having once been well-off, the financial situation of the Farkas family was impacted as they struggled to provide for their autistic child, Laura, who needs around-the-clock care, special schooling, and therapy. The constant demands put a strain on the family and the parents subsequently split up.


Arpad Farkas is the founding chairman of 'Most Elsz Egyesulet' (You Live Now Organization), an institution of parents of children with autism that seeks new treatment opportunities for their children. Recently, the organization signed a cooperation agreement with the Clinic of the University of Debrecen.


World Autism Awareness Day has marked annually on 02 April. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of children and adults who are affected by autism.