During the first half of the year, the calls for projects in the Foundation included the ambition to discover and support very specific social integration projects for people with autism. To show that with adapted training and support, a structured context, training and working are doable.
On 6 June, the committee chose to favour 18 innovative pilot projects which may be copied.
This section is very important to us. The experience of employing people with autism at Andros shows that many among them can work, even more efficiently than the average person, if the environment and support are adapted. Successful projects include a certification or qualification training course, with specific job prospects. They are projects incorporating a network (ARCs, associations, potential employers, families, etc.) where the beneficiaries are involved and decide on their path.
For example, in the northern region, the project is divided into several stages:
- Reporting and selecting the beneficiaries based on their wishes, their skills.
- Adapting the training, raising awareness among instructors and supporting trainees in contact with their environment.
- Raising awareness among companies and welcoming resource people for employment, arranging the workspace...
The committee was also keen to support training projects and integration in a protected environment because the most important thing is for the environment to be adapted.
Our support will help cover the equipment of experimental shared housing projects and the financing of a feasibility study for an inclusive housing project, i.e. an “ordinary” environment. In this still nascent field, the Orange Foundation wants to enable experiments which will be able to define good practices in this type of housing.
The work on the budget, the equipment and sharing experiences are essential to achieve the greatest balance of independence, social diversity and support among residents.
A project will allow people with autism to have a “place of their own” by offering suitable housing in a human-sized structure. The housing is specific, adaptable and adapted, with a range of everyday life services and support, at home or outside: access to daily activities, to care, leisure, to culture and more broadly feeling integrated.