Autism: integration through housing, work and leisure pursuits

Everywhere in France, we encourage initiatives revolving around work, housing and leisure pursuits to facilitate the inclusion of people with autism in society. This year we are funding 23 new projects in these areas with a budget of €414,441 to show that it is possible to live better together.

Through housing

In Toulouse, there is a joint project between four associations involved in housing and autism to renovate a building in the city centre. An "Inclusive residence" for 6 young adults with Asperger’s where each individual will have their own independent apartment and benefit from shared serviced areas. "Autisme 31" and "InPACTS" are responsible for monitoring and events in this innovative project which guarantees independence that comes with support.

In the region of Chartres, "A Tire d’Aile" proposes a more open accommodation project with 3 types of housing for people with autism: shared accommodation, a specialist care home (French MAS) outside the walls and accommodation with families. Just so many alternatives to an entire life in an institution that might suit some but not others.

 

The Maison du parc in Auneau has been housing employees with autism since 2017.

 

Professional integration adapted to each individual’s potential

We invest over €200,000 in training and employment for people with autism:

In Nice, Avencod is a company specialising in connecting people with autism and businesses for IT development services and functional application testing. We are supporting it to help create an identical facility in Marseille along with autism care professionals.

 

 

This year, the association "Le Mouton à 5 pattes" and "Paris 3-La Sorbonne" are creating a Master’s in Communication and IT Systems open to people with Asperger’s. At the start of the 2019 academic year, the students will benefit from an initiation into programming, social sciences or ethical and digital law. A distance learning course that nevertheless includes 107 hours of support as well as numerous opportunities for encounters between students, families and experts.

As an enabler of independence and socialisation, employment is a real opportunity for social integration and all the more so for people with autism.

Leisure pursuits: a driver of emancipation…

It is also through games, outings and moments of relaxation that we can reduce the divide between people with autism and the neurotypical. The town of Lannion has decided to create a made-to-measure extra-curricular and pre-school programme for children with autism. The employees and managers of the structures in question will be trained and the families will also be involved to ensure a collective and long-term project.

Since 1991, we have been committed to the cause of autism. This year we will once again be supporting numerous projects to facilitate social integration: these will naturally include digital learning, but also new forms of housing, made-to-measure solutions in the area of employment for adults and leisure pursuits for the younger age groups.

 

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Wednesday 20 November 2019 15:38 by maria cabral

Thank you for your existence!

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