Currently in France, it is estimated that 80 percent of children living with autism are not receiving fulltime, mainstream schooling, and 50 percent of those none at all. Work opportunities for people with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) are extremely limited. Bernd Essigman is helping.
Our educational project started last September with AAA providing tailored, coordinated, personalized teaching, initially for five children.
AAA also employs a young man diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Though qualified, he has been unable to find employment because of his disability. This new employee is tasked with scheduling the children, dealing directly with clients at the reception desk and on the telephone, preparing accounts and creating and coordinating work materials for the teachers working on the project.
I am a German national and, during my alternative military service, I worked with people suffering from autism in my home country. I have also helped out on individual projects, e.g. by setting up the gala event, I help AAA with all kinds of administrative work and organize funding and presentation events.
AAA received financial support from the Olympique Lyonnais Foundation, and several CEOs from Lyon businesses have also pledged their support.
I am particularly happy and proud of Bayer’s donation to AAA. Bayer is a strong economic force in the Rhône-Alpes region, and helping in this specific area strengthens our commitment to social responsibility.
This funding has enabled us to provide children with a full range of adapted learning materials, and our employee with ASD with a fully equipped workstation. Hiring this young man sends a strong message of inclusion. Thank you to the Bayer Cares Foundation!
We aim to welcome 5 more children throughout 2016. Our effective educational model is very flexible, simple and can be replicated. The AAA association is recognized by both the medical and business communities. We are planning an awareness campaign in the press and social media, as well as events in which businesses open their doors to people living with autism. Furthermore, we are partnering with other associations in France to communicate on this issue.