Projects to support the social and societal integration for people with autism

In 2016, for the first time, we held a call for projects focused on social and societal integration for people with autism.

We received an impressive 82 projects, proving that both a clear interest and a need exist: "we still have a lot to do in terms of including people with autism in society. We wanted to get things moving and enable the emergence of innovative projects," explains Pascale Paturle, health and disability philanthropy manager at the Orange Foundation.

The Orange Foundation committee, which is made up of autism experts, met to examine the projects on Thursday 2 June. The committee selected a total of 28 projects, some very modest and others on a national scale. Over 1,150 people with autism will benefit from integration assistance through work, housing, sport, music, and digital technology.

The committee members were particularly impressed by two national projects:

  • An experimental project led by the association Vivre et Travailler Autrement, in which 12 people with autism will be given open-ended employment contracts with a food processing plant and local housing, in partnership with the local authorities, the town, and private partners.

 

personne avec autisme insertion par le travail
In a food factory.
enfant avec autisme insertion sport
In the club of the ASPTT Montpellier.

 

  • The ASPTT Sports Federation, which aims to help children with autism play sports with ordinary clubs, thanks to tailored support, and to give their families the chance to play sports during their child’s activity if they are interested.

 

 

The committee members also appreciated a number of very different projects. These include the Autisme 31 association and its project for a shop run by people with autism, employment preparation programmes, and more. All of these projects should foster and promote social and societal integration for people with autism.

 

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