LapCI – The Finnish Association of Cochlear Implant Recipient Children.


LapCI ry was founded in 1999 by a group of parents. The aim is to support CI-children and their families throughout Finland. All the action starts from the parents and the children themselves. The LapCI board consist of parents of CI-children and CI-users living all around Finland. LapCI ry has four employees (2019). LapCI ry as an association does not take any position on communication choices of families.

LapCI ry’s Most Important Objectives

  • To empower CI-children and their families by creating a nationwide network
  • To share effective information and knowledge-based experiences about cochlear implantation of children. To share experiences about life with a CI in different stages after the operation.
  • To share experiences, wishes, expectations and drawbacks of life with a CI
  • Active lobbying in the development of children’s daycare and school options
  • To support those families who are considering CI-operation by sharing information and connecting them to families who already have the experience.

About membership

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!

What do we do?

CIsupaja – Empowerment Workshops

LapCI ry’s project CIsupaja organises empowerment workshops for CI-children and their families. The aim is to provide opportunities for CI-children 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:

  • Music (singing, playing in a band, musical self-expression)
  • Languages (mother tongue, foreign languages, communication methods, self-expression in languages)
  • Survival in the world of the hearing peers, self-expression (courage, learning to cope alone and in groups)
  • Senses and development of the person as a whole

Events

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 to organize 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.

Contacts

info(at)lapci.fi

Minna Mäkelä, Chairwoman
Lives in Nokia, has two CI-children born in 2007 and 2009
minna.lapci(at)gmail.com, tel. 050 560 9907

Janet Grundström, Managing Director
janet.grundstrom(at)lapci.fi, tel. 0400 914 583

LapCI ry
Valkea Talo
Ilkantie 4, 00400 Helsinki

Facts and figures

Statistics
In 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 Funding
In 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.