Autistic teens and adults work greenhouses in Merkezefendi district of Denizli as a part of their rehabilitation process. The participants in this social responsibility project are aged between 3 and 27 years old and the project is carried out by the City Education Department.
Speaking to the press, City Education Department Head Official Mahmut Oguz: “The participants are acquiring valuable skills in greenhouses about growing flowers and plants. These skills not only help them in adapting to work life, but they can also even lead them to find employment in greenhouses. Furthermore, the participants also learn intimate knowledge about flowers and plants and are filled with love of flowers and plants.”
Autistic individuals are involved in all aspects of growing, from planting the seeds to harvesting and their families are delighted with the results of the project and the positive impact it has on the participants. The varieties grown are mostly viola, begonia, petunia, snapdragons and carnations and around 250.000 of these flowers and plants are sold to local municipalities.
Esin Tok, the mother of one of the participants: “Here our kids with special needs socialize and spend their energy in a very productive and fun way which builds their confidence. Touching the soil, flowers, and plants boosts my kid’s spirit and morale.”