Children with Special Needs

Equal Treatment in an Unjust System

UAC donates braille materials to
the Orphanage for the Blind.

UAC Ukraine has a big place in its heart for children with special needs. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of these institutionalized children who face many daily challenges.

UAC assists these institutions with renovation, equipment, physical therapists, teachers, educational materials, medicine and nutrition.


Institutions that serve children with special needs:

  • Orphanage #1
  • Orphanage #3
  • Orphanage #7
  • Orphanage #34
  • Boarding School #3
  • Orphanage for the Blind
  • Slobodka Regional Hospital (children's ward)
  • Institution for Mentally Challenged Children
  • Alexandrovka Psychiatric Hospital (children’s ward)



Needs at orphanages #1, #3 and Belgorod:

Needs at Orphanage #3:

  • Stander
  • Chair for handicapped children 1-4 y.o.
  • Carpet with footprints (musical)
  • Musical toys for handicapped
  • Oil – lavender, lemon
  • Massaging tables
  • Uniforms
  • Rocking chairs for babies
  • Walkers


Needs at Orphanage #7:

  • Set of cuff weights for wrists and ankles (from 2-10 pounds)
  • Weighted vests
  • Weighted balls
  • Newer types of walkers (various types and sizes)
  • Adaptive feeding equipment
  • Plate guards
  • Scoop bowls
  • Built up spoons
  • Two-handled cups, cut-out cups
  • Communication devices
  • Outdoor ramp (the current one over the steps is too steep for a person to go up and down independently)
  • Whirpool/hydrotherapy


Needs at the Orphanage for the Blind:

  • Lighted or flashing balls
  • Sound balls
  • Somatron
  • Fiberoptic strands
  • Tactile board
  • Tactile art supplies
  • Aromatherapy diffuser and oils



Needs in the autistic classroom at Orphanage #34:

  • Fiber optic strands
  • Optokinetic projector
  • Bean bag chair or cloud chair
  • Therapeutic listening equipment and CD’s
  • Mini-trampoline
  • Aromatherapy diffuser and oils 
  • Hand held massagers and vibrating toys (animal, bug massagers) (
  • Vibrating pillows


UAC volunteer physical therapist
Cindy Potter works with a toddler at
Orphanage #3.

Downs syndrome babies need special

UAC volunteer occupational therapist
Susan Rizza helped the nannies in some
of the orphanages learn how to better care for
babies with cleft palates.