The concept of volunteerism is often associated with altruism and non-profit offering. For us as a group, volunteering is a way of thinking and a way of life. It is an identity that we have adopted for years, faithfully, and certainly a purpose that we do not intend to give up.
Volunteering is expressed in many ways, each with its own philosophy, characteristics, and method of action. A common feature of all is their contribution to the protection of fundamental rights. In the case of the APIS team, the focus is on the defense of the fundamental rights of people with autism and related developmental disorders based on the Declaration of the Rights of People with Autism, which emphasizes that people on the autism spectrum should have the same rights as all citizens of the European Union.
Unfortunately, it has become a habit, whenever a voluntary effort is made, to be almost always linked to financial gain. But for those who have been real volunteers in the past, the moral and mental “reward” that comes with this effort goes far beyond any form of financial reward!