LapCI ry was founded in 1999 by a group of parents. The aim is to support children with cochlear implants (CI) and their families throughout Finland. All the action starts from the parents and the children themselves. The LapCI board consist of parents of cochlear implanted children and CI-users living all around Finland. LapCI ry has four employees (2020). LapCI ry as an association does not take any position on communication choices of families.
LapCI ry’s Most Important Objectives
The first year of membership is free for families. After the first year of membership there will be a small fee. In 2019 one year’s membership is 25 € per family! Fill the membership form. You can also become a support member.
CIsupaja – Empowerment Workshops
LapCI ry’s project CIsupaja organises empowerment workshops for cochlear implanted children and their families. The aim is to provide opportunities for children with cochlear implant to meet each other and practice challenging subjects especially in those areas of life where CI-users might feel challenged compared to their normal hearing peers. These subjects include:
CIsupaja project arranges peer support events with different themes and target groups. There are whole-family-weekends, summer camps, club activities and one day events. Volunteers can participate by organizing one day events called CIsupajanen. If you are interested in organizing a small gathering, don’t hesitate to contact us at info(at)lapci.fi, we will help you to do that!
Some of the events are organized together with other associations in the same or neighbouring fields of expertise. Most LapCI events are free of charge. There is usually a participation fee for events that last overnight. Families are welcome to ask for a fee exemption for social/economic reasons.
Minna Mäkelä, ChairwomanLives in Nokia, has two CI-children born in 2007 and 2009minna.lapci(at)gmail.com tel. 050 560 9907
Janet Grundström, Managing Directorjanet.grundstrom(at)lapci.fi tel. 0400 914 583
LapCI ryValkea TaloIlkantie 4, 00400 Helsinki
Statistics on CIIn Finland, circa 200 cochlear implants are fitted every year. At the end of September 2019 there were 1801 people who have been given the implant. Out of this number 547 had been 0-18 years old at the time of the operation.
About FundingIn Finland there is a unique model to fund associations which work for social and healthcare issues. Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA) offers entertaining games at many locations, Casino Helsinki and online. The profits from games are channelled to associations in the social and healthcare sectors. These associations are hundreds in number, and they employ tens of thousands of people. The fund allocation is guided by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.