Who we are
Context: UN special report on the rights of persons with disability inside migrant groups brought to light that the current situation of special needs population arriving or already in France is untenable. Some of the issues and abusive situations migrants face in France include racist attitudes. Not only does their legal status give space to abuse but they are also often being completely isolated as well as excluded from society. Their cognitive, sensory and creative potential is actively suppressed. The exclusion of special need needs population from society is one an additional aspect contributing to the increasing fragmentation of the French society facing migrants. By seeing those people as different the potential of an inclusive society is not lived.
Our goals are to increase awareness about the situation of population with special needs in migrant organization’s projects and help this population with immediate needs support, health care facility, therapy and workshops. Awareness must be built amongst the different institutions and therapists on the potential of special needs population. For the time being this is achieved through the REGARDDONS ENSEMBLE festival. There the potential of acting and being in an inclusive way can be experienced. With its size and partnerships, it also manages to attract the attention of public sector and policy makers, thus setting ground for a systems change. The organization is doing innovative work in capacity building and potential developing bringing children and youth with all conditions to be fully part and being able to contribute with their exceptional gifts and love to society.
REGARDDONS interventions are on 4 levels:
1) awareness raising to the potential of working with special needs children and youth in migrant groups
2) provision of regular alternative therapy and workshops for children and youth to help them realize their cognitive, sensory and creative potential,
3) providing highly specialized training to professionals for working with children and youth with special needs
4) immediate support for families of special need children and youth in need (e.g. legal support).
Telephone: +33 6 95 22 68 41
Postal address: École spécialisée du Château, 23 Rue Saint-Joseph, 06300 Nice, France
E-mail: [email protected]