I'm a physiotherapist by profession. I eventually started working at a speech therapy practice where my son was a patient. I realised that working with my own son makes it easier for me to understand other children on the autistic spectrum. I’ve learned how to treat such children as equals.
Support for the self-employed
A few years ago, the organisation HELP presented a support programme at a meeting for parents of children with autism. This programme aims to support people who want to start their own business that helps children with special needs. I already had my own future practice in mind when I was listening to this presentation. I submitted a project shortly after that – and it was approved.
HELP sent me equipment that I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to afford. My brother provided me with a small building. It had been neglected and was due to be demolished. But we renovated it, and I began my work.
In 2021, DIMAK helped me through a consultation and mentoring programme. A few other start-ups and I received a lot of online advice regarding the management and further development of our companies. That was really useful, because this is the first time I’ve run a business.