Some residents of the new supported housing structure in Olm; Credit: © Autisme Luxembourg asbl

Autisme Luxembourg asbl has announced a recent move into a new supported housing structure in Olm.

At the beginning of June 2024, eight new residents of the Autisme Luxembourg association moved to the new "Elmen" district (accommodating nearly 2,000 residents) in Olm in the municipality of Kehlen. In this new accommodation, created in collaboration with the SNHBM national affordable housing company, people with autism spectrum disorders are cared for according to their individual abilities and support needs.

The almost 300 m2 premises include eight bedrooms, five bathrooms, a light and bright living room, a fully equipped kitchen and an office for management staff. The multidisciplinary team surrounding the residents is made up of a qualified teacher, three educators including an apprentice, two care assistants and a nurse.

Personal assistance for life organisation and daily management is individually tailored and specialised to the special and individual needs of autistic people. Assistance provided by the multidisciplinary team includes, among other things, support in the daily management of the household and lifestyle, the possibility of developing an appropriate structure of functioning and living together and the development of social relationships, as well as support in terms of healthcare and psychological and emotional stability.

Autisme Luxembourg noted that there are many forms of autism, all of which are grouped together under the term autism spectrum disorder. These disorders are congenital and persist into adulthood. Autism affects the daily life and lives of those affected. In autistic people, perception, communication and interaction can be affected. In some cases, there may also be a decrease in intelligence, noted the association. In other cases, "astonishing" performances appear in partial domains (memory, spatial thinking, music, etc.).

The services of Autisme Luxembourg extend beyond supervised housing. The association now manages eleven different sheltered workshops in order to offer adults with autism spectrum disorders a "suitable" workstation in a "suitable" environment.

Moreover, since 2007, the association has been offering a professional training service to young people aged sixteen and over at its headquarters in Beckerich. The association's offer is supplemented by a day reception centre in Sandweiler for people who require day structuring and curative educational measures due to their higher support needs. In addition, there is an outpatient home help service, a leisure service and a residential home in Boxhorn, as well as several supervised accommodations in Weiler-La-Tour and Hovelange.