The GEM La Bulle, Place des Toiles, in the Ruthenian prefecture, opened last week. This is the first structure in Aveyron to welcome adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The place opened its doors in the middle of last week. It will not be officially inaugurated until Wednesday. The Pep 12 association, which already manages several structures specialized in the care of patients with autism spectrum disorders, especially children, has received funding from the ARS to open a new reception center, this time for adults, in Rodez . This Mutual Aid Group (GEM) called La Bulle is the only structure of its kind in the department. And it wants to be a place open to any autistic adult who wants it. “We are not on the usual orientation plan, explains Benjamin Albouy, deputy manager of the association. People come when they want, without obligation.”
activities throughout the week
Finally, the beneficiaries are invited to create an association that will take over the management of this group, while the administration and budget remain the responsibility of Pep 12.
On the very quiet Place des Toiles, just behind the Saint-Amans church, a stone’s throw from the center of Rodez, a space has been specially designed where intensive work has been done on the colors, textures and structure of the place so that it is a ” friendly” place where people with autism can feel comfortable. “This is not a classic offer, Details, Camille Pock, animator. We thought about arranging the space with different heights and textures… Everyone needs to be able to find their place there. La Bulle is said to be a decompression chamber. You can come just for lunch at noon when the day is a bit more complicated, or participate in different activities throughout the day…”
On site, from Monday to Saturday, two moderators will take turns offering a wide range of appointments for which the beneficiaries, who only have to pay an annual fee of 22 euros, can register online at any time. On the program are walks, gardening, creative hobbies, photography workshops, music… And above all, a space for dialogue, to give the opportunity to confide in those who need to be listened to.
“When you’re an autistic adult, it’s divisive”
Fabienne has Asperger’s autism. At 48, she has learned to live with her condition over the years, but it hasn’t always been easy. “Mostly because I wasn’t recognized early on,” she says. “We’re being persecuted because of the disability, because of the work plan, but not because of the recreational activities. When you’re an autistic adult, it’s divisive. Can’t stand the noise, that .” World… It’s not easy to integrate into a group. Autism is a disability that can be invisible. It can be characterized by attention deficit, irritability, hypersensitivity…” So the Ruthenoise decided to become a volunteer at GEM La Bulle. To bring in his experience. “I would have liked to have had that kind of structure when I was diagnosed, she continues. To have people to share with, who can give us little pieces of advice on how to manage situations at work, in life, in private… . Now there’s a structure for that. And that’s nice.”