Other Publications

Emmaus Centre was created for the purpose of spiritual support for people with disabilities, their families and all those who share their lives with them.
The Centre was founded in 2001 and works within the Ukrainian Catholic University.
Oleh Romanchuk
Autism Spectrum Disorders
in Questions and Answers

Published by Educational-Rehabilitation Centre “Dzerelo”
Year of publication: 2009
Publishing house: Кoleso, Lviv
Number of pages: 162
Format: 60×84/16
Binding: paperback


Annotation:
This book is a brief guide, dealing with fundamentals of the world of children with autism, Asperger syndrome and other forms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In a simple and accessible way, in accordance with modern scientific research, it gives answers parents and professionals have concerning reasons, diagnostics and help to children with ASD. The book focuses upon the explanation of worldview, specific features of children with ASD, which is essential for establishing a contact, entering a dialogue with them, helping them in their life. It will be useful for parents of children with ASD, as well as for a wide circle of specialists – teachers, psychologists, speech therapists, doctors, and anybody caring for the development of children with special needs.


Oleh Romanchuk
The Road of Love. Guidelines for Parents of Children with Special Needs and Those Walking Alongside

Third edition: updated
Year of publication: 2009
Publishing house: Кoleso, Lviv
Number of pages: 74
Format: 60×84/16
Binding: paperback


Annotation:
This is brief guide-book for families where there is a child with special needs. Relying on his own experience of being a doctor and of communicating with families, the author tries to draw a map of experience of the family which has a disabled child, and to help the parents to discern the road of love among other roads, the one which leads to life, self-actualization and development. However, this publication is addressed to a wider circle of readers as well, for, in order to be able to live a decent life, to realize his or her potential, a disabled child and his/her family need care and support, openness and acceptance from other people and the whole society.

Excerpt:
“Hope for a better future for their disabled child has been a huge driving force, helping parents around the globe demand changes in the society – in the system of education, medicine, social security, create educational and rehabilitation centres, influence government policy. However, without a doubt, the biggest fruit of this hope and the biggest joy for parents is development of their child – beyond all the predicted boundaries. The faith of parents in their child, in his or her capabilities, their persistence and devotion can perform real miracles: help the child, overcoming the limitations imposed by a disability, reveal his or her skills, develop, realize oneself in this world…”


Rehabilitation Accompaniment for Education
of Children with a Disability: A manual

Published by Educational-Rehabilitation Centre “Dzerelo”
Year of publication: 2008
Publishing house: Кoleso, Lviv
Number of pages: 144
Format: 84×108/32
Binding: paperback


Annotation:
The manual focuses on rehabilitation, psychological and pedagogical accompaniment of education of children with a disability, abilitational and inclusive education, fitting out of rooms, means and rules of transportation of disabled children. It also provides practical experience of the Educational-Rehabilitation Centre “Dzerelo” employees, who work with children with severe disabilities. The book is compiled for parents, tutors and teachers, speech therapists, correction teachers, specialists in physical rehabilitation as well as for those who are interested in education of children with special needs.


Lene Mayer-Skumanz
Stories about Tino and Tina

Translated from: Lene Mayer-Skumanz. Geschichten von Tino und Tina. – Patmos, Düsseldorf, 1999.
Year of publication: 2002
Publishing house: Svichado, Lviv
Number of pages: 126
Format: 60×84/16
Binding: paperback


Annotation:
A good book about a small Christian boy getting to know the world. Big revelations, small images, new overwhelming feelings and – a talk with God on the phone. The book which is presumably for children. But only presumably.

Excerpt:
“Tino is watching an old man from house No.9 walking along the street. The man is leaning on his crutches, dragging his legs behind… His legs are wooden, just like of Tino’s wooden Buratino. Tino turns away. He cannot bear the sight of the man’s struggle…
–    It will take a while before he’s gone, Tino thinks.
–    If I have to look sideways all the time, I’ll become dizzy. There are sad things happening everywhere. I won’t be able to turn away for a long time.
Tino closes his eyes.
A good idea enters his mind in the darkness.
When he comes across the old limping man once again, he will ask,
–    Does it hurt much?”


Diane J. Charnov, Carolyn Rutsch, Inc. Children’s Resources International and Open Society Institute
Making a Difference: A Parent’s Guide to Advocacy & Community Action 

Year of publication: 2002
Publishing house: Halytskyi Publishing Union, Lviv
Number of pages: 115
Format: 60×84/16
Binding: paperback


Annotation:
This book gives practical advice to guide parents on their way of successful assertion of their rights and public activity. The manual is compiled in the way to help parents and other interested citizens get together and fight the problems their children face. The book focuses on specific ways of solving problems of children at home, in school and in the society. By developing the ability to defend their children’s interests, persuade and debate, parents can solve their problems and achieve the result through specific action. The book provides statements of people defending the rights of children around the globe – from parents to teachers, from artists to grandmothers.

Excerpt:
“In one community there were several children with various special needs. One had a hearing disability, another – a severe sight impairment, others had developmental movement disorders. Acting separately, parents could not achieve any result in providing for their children’s needs. But when they met with one another and united their efforts, they achieved a considerable result. The parents created a group to uphold interests of all children with special needs in this community. This group attained more influence than parents of each disabled child on their own. As a result, there has been elaborated an improved educational program in the local school, that accounted for special needs of this category of children.”


Mira Lobe
A Small I am I

Translated from: Das kleine ich bin ich. Erzält von Mira Lobe,
gemalt von Susi Weigel
Year of publication: 2002
Publishing house: Svichado, Lviv
Number of pages: 31
Binding: paperback


Annotation:
This is a story in verse about a little animal that did not know its name. It was seeking an answer to the question about its name and talked to different animals. But neither the frog, nor horses, fish, hippopotamus, parrot, dogs or others knew the answer. But this search for its name helped the little animal understand that its real name is “I am I”. The whole family of animals rejoiced at such a discovery of I am I, and chanted, “You are You! Oh, You are You! No one is quite the same as you!” I am I understood that it is really itself.


Lene Mayer-Skumanz
…If you mean, dear God

Year of publication: 2001
Publishing house: Svichado, Lviv
Number of pages: 66
Format: 60×84/16
Binding: paperback


Annotation:
The short stories by an Austrian writer Lene Mayer-Skumanz tell about a small boy called Xaverl. He stands out among his peers by his curiosity and attentiveness, and also by his kind open heart. That is why Xaverl can easily talk to God: ask Him questions and hear the answers. These talks may take place anywhere: in the vineyard, in the house, in the yard and even… in the dog’s kennel. The book will be interesting primarily for children – the youngest ones as well as those who already go to school, parents, catechists, teachers, and everyone fond of short stories.

Excerpt:
“…
–    You… – Xaverl’s voice is filling the silence. – You, dear God, have probably never seen such a beautiful leaf as this one!
He hears a laughter in response; the laughter which is very close, although there is no one there.
Xaverl holds his breath and listens attentively.
–    Is that You, dear God?
–    Yes, it’s me.
–    And You were laughing…
–    I am very glad that you liked the leaf.
Xaverl fell to thinking for a moment.
–    I also laugh sometimes when somebody likes what I’ve done. For example, the paper stork I did for the vinegrower to comfort him when his swallows flew away. He said then, “Wow, look, a real bird flew in to me once again, thank you. It is so beautiful!” And I laughed with happiness.
Xaverl is listening to whether God will answer something, but hears only the buzzing of bees.
The boy returns to the house…
He can hear father and mother talking upstairs. And suddenly a thought has crossed his mind: that is how it can be described! When somebody asks how it sounds when God is laughing, he will say: high and low, in a grand and quiet way at the same time. Like mom and dad when they laugh together.”


Teaching Children with a Severe Intellectual Disability.
 A manual for teachers.

Published by Educational-Rehabilitation Centre “Dzerelo”
Year of publication: 2001
Publishing house: Halytskyi Publishing Union, Lviv
Number of pages: 155
Format: 60×84/16
Binding: paperback


Annotation:
The underlying principle of this book is formation of a human being as a personality, regardless of his or her biological gifts. People with a severe intellectual disability must have the same possibility to develop their cognitive, emotional, physical functions as their healthy peers, although it requires means compatible with their capabilities. Education of children with a severe intellectual disability is individual by its nature, since every child has a different system of innate and acquired factors conditioning his or her development. The manual provides general guidelines and suggestions for an individual educational plan, as well as examples of concrete implementation of programs, accounting for specific features of a child and environment.


Kirsten A. Hansen, Roxane K. Kaufmann, Steffen Seifer
Education and the Culture of Democracy

Year of publication: 2001
Publishing house: Halytskyi Publishing Union, Lviv
Number of pages: 151
Format: 60×84/16
Binding: paperback


Annotation:
This book is the result of work of inspired pedagogues and families in the newly created democratic countries of the Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It is one of the projects on the reevaluation of educational system initiated in 19 countries by the Open Society Institute and the international organization CRI. The book presents a new methodology of teaching children of three up to five years old. It suggests the organization of class environment through centres encouraging active choice, teaching by playing, discussing teaching possibilities with other children, as well as presence of teacher’s assistants in class and availability of a room for parents’ activity in each kindergarten. The book will be interesting for pedagogues, parents, education officials.