The autism and digital technologies network is one year old!

Since its launch last year, the RAN (autism and digital technologies network) has not stopped growing. It was launched in a 7th region on 12 January 2016 in Lyon. 25 people attended the event to talk about their interest in the new network.


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The autism and digital technologies network (RAN) met in Lyon on 12 January for its official regional launch.


The Lyon region was well-represented at the official autism and digital technologies network launch. A total of 25 people were in attendance from host organizations in Lyon, Annemasse, Saint-Etienne, Bourg-en-Bresse and Chambéry.
The participants showed great interest for implementing a RAN network in their region. "We need to be able to share, we need a forum, because it all comes down to other people", explained one participant.

Our autism and digital technologies programme has given equipment to almost 300 organizations. Initial feedback showed the need for a forum to discuss how to put these new digital tools to best use, and the need to create a network to share and discuss issues relating to autism and digital technologies.
The aim of RAN is therefore to set up this network, with the support of Orange Solidarité, to share experience, best practice and knowledge. "Sharing our experiences will help us develop faster, it will enable us to grow through one another" but it will also "force us to be much more rigorous”, warns one participant. At this meeting, which played host to a number of fascinating discussions, the need for qualifications and training arose.

Currently, the RAN network covers seven regions: the East, the North, Picardy, Central Normandy, the South East, the South West and not the Centre East. An eighth region - the Paris region - is due to join with a launch in February 2016. It is an opportunity to extend the network and do even more to share knowledge: "You hear a lot of talk about what people with autism aren’t able to do. Now we want to take a look at what they can do, and we’ve got a lot to learn", concluded one participant.

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