• Olivier, a little boy with autism, had been excluded from his school canteen since November 24, after a crisis that his establishment had not been able to manage.

  • His school, located in Lyon, had then pointed to the shortage of supervising and qualified personnel to justify his decision.

  • A solution was finally found on Monday: the city of Lyon has recruited a support for students with disabilities (AESH) who will take up his duties on Tuesday.

"At least I won't be outside freezing anymore."

This Monday morning, Olivier learned the news with joy, as evidenced by a video posted on social networks.

The 10-year-old boy with autism will be able to eat in the canteen again on Tuesday.

He had been excluded for "an indefinite period" after a crisis that his establishment had not been able to manage.

The school, located in the 9th arrondissement of Lyon, then pointed to the lack of qualified personnel to supervise the child during the lunch break.

Due to the shortage of support for students with disabilities (AESH), Olivier no longer had a specially trained supervisor to meet his needs during the lunch break.

He was cared for by a “voluntary extracurricular amateur”, specifies the city of Lyon.

"At least I won't be outside freezing anymore" 🙌💙

Dear friends, we are coming out of the meeting with the town hall of Lyon, mission accomplished!

Olivier returns to the canteen tomorrow and forever!!!✊🙌Thank you all, it's thanks to you!!#oliviercantinelyon #victoirepourolivier pic.twitter.com/WJY7jYUcQg

— Chams-Ddine Belkhayat (@CBelkhayat) December 5, 2022

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A new AESH recruited

Excluded from his canteen since November 24, the little boy was forced to eat outside every lunchtime, accompanied by his mother making a two-hour round trip to bring him a sandwich and not leave him alone.

The latter was received Monday at the town hall of Lyon.

"A new AESH has been recruited, he will intervene in extracurricular time from tomorrow [Tuesday]", indicates the City which also calls for "closer cooperation work with the State on the status and financing of AESH ".

“This situation reveals the difficulties encountered by local authorities concerning care professions since the differentiation of support between school and extracurricular time.

The municipalities now find themselves on the front line, to ensure the best possible public service for the inhabitants,” she concludes.


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  • Autism

  • Child

  • Canteen

  • Lyons

  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

  • School