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Almost a year after the start of the implementation of the third Autism Plan (2013-2017), Francois Hollande visits, Thursday, Oct. 9 in the morning, Angouleme (Charente), to make an initial “MTR” . If they welcome the spirit of a scheme in which they were partly related, associations of parents of autistic children still regret a number of shortcomings.
The plan , worth € 205 million over four years, focuses on screening, diagnosis and early support for children with autism. It provides for the establishment by 2017 of a mother teaching unit (EMU) in each department, each unit to accommodate seven autistic children aged 3 to 6 years. The Head of State is to visit one of the thirty Thursday structures of this type have already opened in September 2014. Ronsard that of school groups, in Angouleme
“It’s the first time a president moves in a place where one does exactly what to do, this is a positive signal “, welcomed Vincent Gerhards, president of the association Autistic Without Borders. But with seven seats in each department is ultimately 700 children in care throughout France, the association leader fears that it is poor in comparison with the 7 000-8 000 children born each year with a form of autism.
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“Every year, 8,000 families found on the floor “ laments Florent Chapel, General Delegate of collective Autism, representing 250 parent associations, or between 40,000 and 50,000 families. For him, a ‘cultural revolution’ is required. Failing to “tenfold” the budget for the management of autism in France and especially in adults, it is urgent, he said, ” reallocate resources “ and go ” get the money where it is “, that is to say on the side of psychiatric hospitals. “They are filled with autism that have nothing to do there” , he says
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Parent groups also regret the difficulty and delay too long for a diagnosis. “In Marseille, it takes two years to establish a” says Vincent Gerhards. “There is no service in France early intervention” , for its part deplored Danielle Langloys, recalling that “half of children have no diagnosis” . When the plan was announced in May 2013, Marie-Arlette Carlotti, the Minister for Disabled Persons, announced plans to “establish a true mesh to the lowest level of the territory to can make an identification from 18 months “, allocating $ 63 million over four years to diagnosis and early intervention
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The diagnosis of autism is currently placed on average at the age of 5 ½ years, well beyond the thirty-six months recommended by the National Authority for Health (HAS). For the president of Autistic Without Borders France must now catch up “thirty years behind” in the area of diagnosis and early intervention.