In 1993 Bulgarian APHIC has become an associate member of the European Federation of Parents of Hearing Impaired Children (FEPEDA) and therefore invited to participate in the Federation’s annual meetings.
European Federation of Parents of Hearing Impired Children – FEPEDA (http://www.fepeda.net/)
FEPEDA was established in 1990 in Luxemburg as a non-governmental umbrella organisation set up to represent associations of parents and friends of deaf and hard-of-hearing children at a European level. Its membership includes national and regional associations as well as smaller groups and individuals from all of the European Union, Central and Oriental Europe and the Community of Independent States.
The aim of the organization is to support the the national Associations of Parents of Hearing Impired Children. From 1990 FEPEDA is organizing regular family meetings where parents from all of Europe exchange an experience in different fields of general interest: education, technologies, social services and legislation.
There are 29 Europe countries members of FEPEDA. Since its establishment the annual assambly had taken place in variuos countries.
In parallel to the meetings of the parents – similar are organized for children and youths from all the Europe. The youths participate in forums for discussions on various subjects, in sports and cultural events.
Bulgarian APHIC is an associated member of FEPEDA from July 1993. After Bulgaria had become a Member State (January 1st 2007) – Bulgarian Associatin had became a voting member.
FEPEDA has prepared a European Charter for cooperation between parents and specialists in the sphere of the education of children with impired hearing.