autism

Holiday stays

Together - we create better lives

The new holiday calendar is available

Holidays and leisure are an integral part of people's development. Again this year, our Foundation is offering anyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) the opportunity to take a vacation with us several times a year. For 2020 we have planned a novelty: 3 citytrips exclusively for people with Asperger syndrome or high-level autism.

For the holidays in 2020, we tried to meet the expectations you expressed in the survey sent in early September. The FAL has therefore scheduled holidays for all groups:
- Children aged 5 to 12
- Young people aged 13 to 17
- Adults over 18

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 at the mailing address: FAL-Service Loisirs 68, route d’Arlon L-8310 Capellen.

During our stays (excluding citytrips), we recommend as much as possible individual care: 1 accompanist for 1 person with autism so that everyone can enjoy the stays adapted to his or her own pace.

Make your registrations - places are limited. Download the 2020 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.