Who are we ?
The Fondation Autisme Luxembourg (FAL) was established on June 18, 1996 at the initiative of a group of concerned parents who had gathered together to address the lack of structures and services for people with autism in Luxembourg. These parents wished to provide care for their children that would be appropriate to their disability and would foster their autonomy in a quality environment that matched their needs. The main aim of the Foundation was thus defined as promoting and defending the rights of persons with autism in Luxembourg, irrespective of the level of their disability.
Through a Grand-ducal decree, the Fondation Autisme Luxembourg was recognised to be of public utility on October 6, 1996. This means that donations to the Foundation may be tax-deductible within the limits of articles 109 and 112 L.I.R.
In 1999, the Foundation bought a plot of land in Munshausen in the north of the country to build a residential centre. The site was officially opened in 2002, and 6 residents moved into their new home just a few days later.
The activities of the Fondation Autisme Luxembourg have greatly increased since its creation :
- 3 homes at the Munshausen site, each originally planned for 6 persons but now currently hosting 20 persons in total
- 1 home in Rambrouch
- 2 beds for short stays
- a day-care centre that is constantly expanding with different workshops
- a variety of leisure activities and holiday camps for both FAL residents and children living at home with their families
- diagnostic assessment service, the demand for this is constantly on the increase
- assistance to families through training, home help and ad hoc support
- a group with social competencies for helping persons with Asperger syndrome
- care service for children during the summer holidays
- training service, not only for FAL staff but also for persons outside the organisation
- a communication service to convey the autism message to the general public
The Foundation has been constantly expanding since it was created. Today it has a staff of around 100, spread over 4 sites in Capellen, Munshausen, Rambrouch and Niederfeulen.
The Fondation Autisme Luxembourg is a member of Autism-Europe, an umbrella organisation for over 80 associations of parents and persons with autism in 30 European countries. Exchange visits to other European autism institutions take place on a regular basis.