Cognac: the integration space in search of resources

The association, which brings together parents of the disabled, has certainly condemned all the difficulties in recruiting in the world, especially speech educators …

The association, which brings together parents of the disabled, has all sorts of difficulties in recruiting, especially speech educators, judged “not traceable”. “Two positions are open and it is very difficult to fill them”, admits Frédéric Moreau, Director-General of the EIRC. Ditto for certain paramedical professions, such as psychologists and psychomotor therapists. “So we’m in excitement.”

Since we do not have a strong enough back, the search for funding is necessary to carry out our projects.

However, great efforts are being made by the EIRC, which intends to provide adequate support to the people it receives – around 250 users – especially in the area of ​​multi-disability, which is more difficult to deal with. And all the more so as the association has many projects to develop its operations, “to find answers to new needs”points out the President of the EIRC, Jeanine Sixta.

Communicate better

With regard to the childhood coil, the EIRC wants to develop its tools, which are still underused, such as Sessad (the special education and home care service). “We have an approval for 13 places and only 4 are currently occupied. » Ditto for autism classes, with 5 children for 7 places. “Our problem is that it is difficult to communicate. We know how to do a lot of things, but we need to let people know. The plan is therefore to recruit a part-time IT and communications manager. »

On the side of the adult pole, inclusion in a common environment is also a priority. But the EIRC’s main project is to find a solution to the problem of aging disabled people. “After 60 years, they are no longer welcome at the EIRC, notes Jeanine Sixta. And in nursing homes, a pensioner from Esat will experience a marked age difference with the rest of the residents who are over 90 years old. We therefore want to give them an answer and thus cover all ages of life. »


Esat includes 84 workers in many fields, such as horticulture.

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An ad hoc committee has been set up to make a diagnosis and make suggestions: “such as setting up a reception unit, strengthening support during the day or working on housing associations”states the director.

The problem is that the EIRC, like many integration structures, is constrained by a tight budget. If the multi-year contract of goals and funds signed with ARS and the department provides the course, it is not enough. “ Without a strong enough backbone, the search for funding is therefore necessary to carry out our projects over the next five years, including investments in our existing services. ” assures the director, who says to himself “a little worried” for the future, “because we face new constraints with a constant budget”. The issue of aging people with disabilities is an illustration of this. “We can not discard it, we have to find solutions.”

Two rods in one

EIRC manages two main poles:
Ungdomshuset. It includes the Institut médico-éducatif (IME) des Vauzelles, which welcomes young people with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, as well as children with autism spectrum disorders. The IME itself includes the Institut médico-pédagogique (IMP) de Pracomtal, which receives children from 6 to 14 years, and the Institut médico professionnel (IMPro) des Vauzelles, which receives young people from 14 to 20 years. The center also includes “Les Roseaux” multi-disability service, which welcomes children from 6 to 20 years with an interdisciplinary team. Finally, it manages the autism kindergarten classes (UEMA) in Saint-Exupéry kindergarten in Cognac and the special education and home care (Sessad) “L’Azuré”, which was established last year and which accompanies children and young people from 3 to 20 years. years old, enjoys a Sessad autism orientation.
The adult rod. It includes a work-based assistance institution and service (Esat) for 84 disabled workers (“Les ateliers des Vauzelles”); two residences: the La Treilles residence and the Faïencerie in Saint-Jacques; a social support service (SAVS “L’Espérance”) for more independent people; a day care service (“Les Myosotis”) that can accommodate residents at home or outside; and finally a medical-social support service for adults with disabilities (Samsah) autism, set up this year.

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