Established in 1997, with the involvement of 36 non-governmental organisations, registered by the Municipal Court of Budapest, under No. 7732.
Label: prominently public benefit organisation
Current membership: 49 non-governmental organisations (data from October 2016);
Number of the mentally handicapped people cared for, educated and employed under the “umbrella” of the Association: 4-5000 people;
Aim and responsibility of the Association: providing practical assistance to families and organisations concerned in disability.
- Exhibitions to show marketable handmade products made by disabled people to students at high schools.
- Financial support for training and employment programmes.
- Organising teams of student volunteers to support families.
- Creative camps for talented handicapped people interested in fine arts.
- Programs for professional helpers working with disabled people to prevent burn-out.
- Mental health programs for families concerned in disability.
- Nation-wide parents’ club based on solidarity.
- Operating a grant monitoring service.
- Transmitting professional and experience-based information derived from domestic and EU sources.
- Publishing and distributing the independent specialised journal ‘ÉTA Hírlevél’ (ETA Newsletter).
- Advising in professional, financial and special authorities’ processes.
- Participation in the 30-year state strategy accomplishing de-institutionalisation.
Programs of the Association are supported annually by the budget recognized by the Hungarian Parliament.