“He came back with traces of beatings”: the struggle of these parents to find a reception center for their son with severe autism

“He came back with traces of beatings”: the struggle of these parents to find a reception center for their son with severe autism

Jean-Laurent, 36 ans et autiste, est retourné vivre chez ses parents à Fontaine en Isère (ILLUSTRATION). Capture d'écran street view

Since September 2030, Jean-Laurent, 36 years old and suffering from severe autism, has returned to live at the family home in Fontaine (Isère). As the reception centers are saturated, his parents, aged 66 and 69, are worried about the future of their son.

Jean-Laurent suffers from severe autism. His disability does not allow him to be independent, he must be constantly supervised: "In the street, you have to hold his hand. You have to watch him when he washes, when he eats", his mother explains to Actu Grenoble.

Unable to find a place in a home, his parents, aged 66 and 69, kept him at home in Fontaine (Isère). A situation that is becoming increasingly difficult for these retirees, while their 36-year-old son returned to the family home last September. For six years, Jean-Laurent lived at the Foyer d’accueil médicalisé, in Isère.

"He screamed at the top of his lungs"

But the few months before he left, "he came back with marks from beatings. When we had to bring him back, he would scream at the top of his lungs,” his father told our colleagues. That's why they slammed the door on the institution, not realizing that it would be impossible to find another one.

Given their age, Jean-Laurent's parents are worried that he might end up alone. The father refuses the idea of ​​seeing his son admitted to a psychiatric hospital when they die: “We don't want him to be made a vegetable”.

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