autism

Holiday stays

Together - we create better lives

Holidays and leisure are an integral part of people's development. The Leisure service of the Fondation Autisme Luxembourg (FAL) is pleased to organise since 2001 about 30 holiday stays each year for people on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The holidays are divided into 5 groups:

  • stays for children aged 5-12 years
  • stays for teenagers aged 13-17 years
  • stays for adults aged 18 and over
  • stays for the residents of our homes
  • citytrips for Asperger adults only

We expect many of you ! We accompany you during stays in Luxembourg and abroad and each stay has a theme that we are sure will appeal to the greatest number.

To register, please fill out the downloadable registration form below and return it signed to loisirs@fal.lu or per post: Fondation Autisme Luxembourg-Service Loisirs 68, route d’Arlon L-8310 Capellen. To be able to benefit from the Leisure Service of the FAL, the beneficiary and/or the beneficiary's legal representative or guardian must contribute and/or reside in Luxembourg.

During our stays (excluding citytrips), there are usually 6 to 7 people with ASD, 6 to 7 accompanying persons and 2 FAL caregivers. The support rate is 1:1. An accompanying person takes care of one person with autism from morning to evening. The goal of the accompanying person is to guarantee a pleasant stay to the person with autism whom he/she supports while respecting his/her rhythm, his/her interests and desires, encouraging him/her in his/her autonomy, ensuring his/her well-being and offering quality supervision during meals, domestic activities, free time activities or structured activities.

Knowing the current situation related to COVID-19, the FAL is doing its best to limit the risks of spread by respecting health and safety measures. We regularly inform ourselves about the situation at the place of stay, however we are not immune to an early return, change of destination or a cancellation. We would notify you as soon as possible.

For the beneficiaries of the Assurance dépendance, you will not receive cash or in-kind benefits for the period of the holiday stay as your child will be under the Fondation Autisme Luxembourg network and the assistance to perform activities of daily living will be provided by our qualified staff.

Make your registrations - places are limited. Download the 2021 holiday calendar and the corresponding form and send it to us to loisirs@fal.lu 

Historical context

In 2001, at the request of parents, the Leisure service was set up to organise the first holiday camp. It was a successful experience that has led to the organisation of many other holiday stays since that time.

To ensure that the participants with autism benefit to the full from their holiday experience while being properly cared for, they are accompanied by at least 2 educators from the Foundation and an equal number of accompanying persons as participants. Individual accompaniment is indeed necessary during holiday stays. These individuals are thus given the opportunity to become familiar with autism and with the various programmes that foster a better quality of life for persons with the disorder. We must underline the importance of voluntary work to the running of the Leisure service. Without volunteers, we would not be able to offer our one-to-one service of such high quality. In 2013, in acknowledgement of their exemplary commitment as volunteers, the accompanying people of the Leisure service received a prestigious prize, the « PRIX DU MÉRITE DU BÉNÉVOLAT » which was conferred on the Foundation by the Luxembourg Government.

Holidays are often held on the Belgian/Dutch coast, or in the Ardennes, and sometimes in the Vosges during Carnival, Easter, Whitsun, summer and All Saints holiday periods. Participants stay in houses run by understanding and competent staff. The children and adolescents benefit from the open air, the beach and from all the leisure activities.

There are also holiday stays in equestrian centres. Professional staff introduce the children to horseback-riding, there are walks in the forest and, in bad weather, indoor riding. The children also have to look after their horse : saddling, brushing, feeding. The equestrian centre specialises in hosting people with disabilities.

Day-time leisure activities are varied – swimming pool, walking, bowling, mini golf, outings, beach, crafts, etc. - and are adapted to the age and capabilities of participants. They are optional.

Holidays and colonies provide persons with autism with opportunities to make new friends, have fun and relax. They are also a time for their families to take a break in full knowledge that their children are being cared for in a respectful and appropriate way. Because of their disability, some people with autism find it hard to play like other people or to make friends. They need constant attention, which means that often they cannot take part in non-specialised holiday camps.