Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday an adjustment of the confinement rules for people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), by authorizing them to go out "a little more often" to go to the places usually visited, "carriers of reassuring markers" . On the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day, the Head of State sent them a video message as well as their companions, while France is experiencing a third week of confinement linked to the epidemic of coronavirus.
"Staying locked up at home is an ordeal" which "sometimes causes anxiety"
"Since the confinement which started on March 16, your habits have changed and you may be a little lost," said the head of state. "You used to go to work or study everyday somewhere, and overnight it was no longer possible (...) You used to go out when you wanted, and overnight you had to stay at home. "
"I know you only want one thing: to give your life back to you", adds Emmanuel Macron, because "for some of you, staying locked up at home is an ordeal" which "sometimes" mount an anxiety "," lasts for you and for your close relations ".
To all of you who live with autism, I think very hard of you in this difficult period linked to COVID-19. Http://t.co/kV1RY2pIi0pic.twitter.com/3WONuCgu59- Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 2, 2020
The President of the Republic specifies that an attestation form specially adapted for them and their companions will allow them to "go out a little more often", while asking them to continue to respect barrier gestures.
Sophie Cluzel participates in a live Facebook at 5 p.m.
In a press release published on Tuesday, the Collectif Handicaps, which brings together several associations for helping people with autism, was alarmed by the impact of confinement which "plunges people and their families into total isolation, deep difficulties or even endangerment ".
On the occasion of the National Day, the Secretary of State responsible for people with disabilities, Sophie Cluzel, will participate Thursday at 5 p.m. in a Facebook Live on the subject with Claire Compagnon, interministerial delegate responsible for the implementation of the national strategy for autism, according to the Elysée.