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Start together

We want the family of a child born with a disability to have timely access to all necessary information and services so that they can enjoy regular family life as soon as possible.

What are we about?


The family of a child with a disability stands at the center of the Together for life program and we want to understand them from every angle. Families that find themselves in these circumstances of life often lack basic information, essential contact details and services. Often, just some good signposting would make everything easier and quicker. The aim of the program is to support the activities of various organizations, which help families live a regular family life and freely make life decisions.

“It was tough to come to terms with the fact that our baby was not the way we all wished her to be and to let our relatives know that Zuzka was born with Downs syndrome. In certain ways it was tougher for them than for us. We had to learn to live in the present, to be happy about the progress Zuzka was making and not to look into the future. It was very unpleasant and painful for me to hear others say “You will manage, you are strong”, “No one could cope with this, but you”. Our physicians were always willing to listen to us, and whenever possible, advise us how to go on. And it wasn’t always just about health-care. At every visit they let us know that whatever we were doing, we were doing well. And that it was worth it. The early intervention care midwife, was so important.”

Hana Plívová
Zuzka’s mommy and member of the Evaluation Panel

Where are we on our journey?


We want to understand what families need, their concerns, and to give help where needed. We ask specialists helping families in this tough situation and we hear what should be changed, improved or supported. We want to know how families experience their situation, both those that already know how to cope and those who are just finding their feet.

We know from the experience of families with health-disadvantaged children that the crucial help and a turn toward a normal family life was for them the early care service which showed them, in the safety of their home, how to go about it. The pilot year was focused on enhancing the capacities of early care and on systemic changes related to it. No less important goal of the first call was the care for caregivers and spreading information on rare diseases. In total, we supported 23 projects.

“Exhaustion, feeling helpless or expending enormous energy to access information and services - in good time, where they live. The more a family tries to make sure their child is a loved and integral member of the family and community, the greater the obstacles they must overcome. In contrast, when they feel that they cannot cope and they want to place the child in institutional care or in a special school outside the home, it is easy. Institutional support is still simply more accessible in the CR than support in the family home. I am convinced it should be the other way round.”

Terezie Hradilková
Evaluation Panel member

Open Invitation

Only legal entities registered in the Czech Republic may apply for
a grant from the Foundation. For currenct closing dates, please click here.

2nd year of the program
Leadership academy for early care and support for parent groups

Families with disabled children have many needs. We believe that we will cover many of them over time. In the second year of the program Start Together we focus on two themes. We don’t want to jump from one place to the other, and so even in the second year we don’t abandon the early care providers and we offer them the opportunity to take part in the Leadership Academy for Early Care. The second theme is self-help parent groups that we wish to support in their activities and give their voice as much weight as possible.

Leadership Academy for Early Care
The goal of this part of the call is a self-confident service of early care whose leaders know what needs to be done and know how to achieve it independently or jointly.

Who can apply?
A senior member of staff of an early care service, director, deputy, future director… (the contracting party will be the core organization).

Support for parent groups
The aim of this part of the call is to increase the share of co-decision making of the parents of disabled children about the quality of life of their children and about the form of services and supports for the child, the parents and the whole family. We want the voice of the parent to be the voice of the client.

Who can apply?
- A legal entity with a self-help parent group
- An independently registered parent group

A WORKSHOP FOR APPLICANTS will be held on Thursday, 21 September 2017, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Prague. Please register through this online form. We will specify the venue to the registered participants by e-mail.



We are looking forward to your projects!

The deadline for receiving applications: 16 October 2017

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