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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Help for Sick Mother of Autistic Boy in Czech Republic

About a year ago, I posted an account of my visit to a conference held by APLA, the Czech autism group ( While I was in Prague I met many friendly and concerned researchers, therapists, and parents of autistic children. One was Marcela, the mother of an autistic boy, who may be seen in healthier days at

Very sadly, Marcela had an illness that has now become much worse and that will probably have no good outcome. Her greatest wish is to be able to have her autistic son cared for in their home during the rest of her life, and afterward, rather than having to have him placed in an unfamiliar care setting that would be difficult for him to cope with. Social services in the Czech Republic cannot help with this.

The APLA group ( has set up a fund for people who would like to respond to Marcela’s very understandable wish. I made a contribution by wire transfer this morning. If you would like to do so also, here is the information you will need:

IBAN CZ864000000000511144082   (that’s 9 zeroes in a row)  SWIFT/BIC SOLACZPP
Recipient name: APLA
Recipient address: Brunnerova 1011/3, Prague 17, Czech Republic   
Bank name: LBBW Bank CZ A.S.

My correspondent, Alena Bilkova of APLA, also included the information: text “Erik”, but my bank did not use this.

If you would like more information, you can contact Alena at Alena does not speak much English, but her daughter can translate for her.

Sept. 19, 2014: Sadly, Marcela died a few days ago. Her son's father has stepped forward to say that he will learn how to care for the boy, but he cannot quit his job, so continuing contributions to the fund will be much appreciated.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Jean. For those who would like to contribute: instead of text "Erik" it is possible to enter variable symbol 777.
    I'll note that Marcela was a fighter against HT (in Czech version TPO according to Prekopova). Here is a link to a report about TPO, where is Marcela performing (from 1,04 minutes) with English subtitles:
    FB page for help for Marcela and her son Erik:
    Again I thank all donors again for Marcela and Erik.