Cervera, Fira del Gran Boc & Aquelarre

This weekend we are going to Cervera to continue helping Àlex. We will be at the 17th edition of Fira del Gran Boc which coincides with the Aquelarre, a popular tradition with witches and fire!

Fira del Gran Boc will take place on Saturday from 5 PM to 3 AM and on Sunday from 5 PM to 10 PM. This fair gathers magic and esoteric professionals, natural products, artisans, food stands and some entities, all of them located in the courtyard of the University, also in the large University patio and at Plaça Universitat (outside the building).

fira gran boc aquelarre cervera 2014

We will be at the large university patio with our stand full of our association supportive and personalized items. We will be together with artisan’s stands, textiles and resale.

aquelarre cervera 2014

Our participation has been possible thanks to Cervera’s Town Council, through the Celebrations and Traditions Department and the Aquelarre Department. They are responsible, promoters and organizers of this event.

You can find more information at the website www.aquelarre.cat

Canet de Mar, new friends and lots of solidarity

Last 26th and 27th of July was a very intense weekend for us. We went to Fira d’Artesania i Regal de Canet de Mar (40 km from Barcelona) which coincided with Festa del Tomàquet (the tomato party), a gastronomic gathering where restaurants local and regional offer a variety of menus where all the dishes are cocked with the tomato grown in Maresme.

Canet de Mar, Marga & Carmen

We could set our stand in this beautiful city in Maresme thanks to the co-operation of the Economic Promotion Department of the Canet de Mar Council.

This was not our first trip outside Igualada, but it was the farthest. This allowed us to make our initiative and our association known to new friends. We are so happy for this and also for the good reception we had there. The tourists and the local people treated us excellently.

Canet de Mar, parada

There done many kilometres, lots of hours spent, with hot weather and tiredness, but it was worthy for the funds raised and for the diffusion we made. This will help us to keep helping Àlex… and what is more, we could explain our initiative to lots of new people and we hope this will be helpful in the future.

As always, thanks to all the people who make this possible!

Montse Vilà

Montse Vilà i Àlex

My name is Montse Vilà and I am the special education teacher of an ordinary school in Igualada, in Anoia region.

The first year I worked with Àlex was in the school year 2010-2011. From the start, Àlex showed interest and was happy to come to special education classes. Although not the environment, the teacher was different from the one he knew. We thought this change might cause him an upheaval, but the adaptation was really fast and pleasant.

Àlex attended class every day with a new “conflict-obsession”. Often, we took advantage of the topic of his interest to start the daily time dedicated to oral expression, and then, we would refocus the issue to the subject we were interested to talk about that day.

Gradually, and after a whole year, those daily obsessions got gradually reduced as he became more self-confident and learned to overcome those fears and insecurities that used to dominate him.

With Àlex, as with other people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, is very important at the beginning of each class or before starting any activity, to explain him what we are going to do and in which order we have it planned, because this routine gives him security and there are no surprises he feels he can not control.

Àlex’s school work starts with a routine that soon he made himself: date (day, month and year), weather (relating it to the season) and the school schedule for that day.

At that time, Àlex attended second year of Elementary School. He used to go to the swimming-pool with the rest of the class and he used to participate in the school activities: theater, trips, camps, traditional events… Àlex is very integrated with the other children in the school.

Àlex is affectionate and polite. He has achieved the habits of personal independence and hygiene; he is organized and methodical when arranging his materials and belongings.

He is able to express his feelings and moods quite clearly. Before, it would have been unthinkable that he could tell you what was wrong with him without an adult helping him express it.

He shows independence when moving around the school and he is more sociable than anybody could expect.

However, it should be mentioned here that Àlex’s current situation comes largely from the efforts and dedication firstly of his parents and secondly of all the professionals working with him from their own specialities. Àlex’s personal progress would not go forward if these treatments -therapeutic therapies- he is working on nowadays would not continue.

Àlex, I really want you to keep being the “little person” so special as you have been for me since I have known you.

Montse Vilà i Tarrés
Special Education Teacher
15 March 2013