Founded over 150 years ago in Marseille by Père Dassy and originally developed by the Religious Congregation of the Sisters of Mary the Immaculate, IRSAM is a non-profit organisation with official charitable status, which belongs to the medico-social sector.
It supports people with disabilities (mainly sensory impairment) in its specialised centres, as well as in their daily life or school environment, and in learning and training centres.
It currently runs 24 centres or services in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Rhône-Alpes regions and on the island of Réunion.
It caters for almost 1,200 children, teenagers, adults and elderly people with disabilities and has over 1,000 employees (830 full-time equivalent).
Below you will find information about two IRSAM facilities which provide support on a daily basis for visually impaired young people.
This centre is situated in the very heart of Marseille, in the shadow of Notre Dame de La Garde Basilica.
The institute supports visually impaired children and teenagers, with or without associated disabilities, from birth to the age of 21. The care they receive takes different forms ranging from weekly boarding to full-time support in mainstream education for school-age children.
Care and support is provided for young people subject to referral from the Maison Départementale des Personnes Handicapées (Departmental Centre for Disabled People) and is conditional upon their visual acuity not exceeding 4/10 in the better eye with correction whilst taking into account the visual field.
The Arc-en-Ciel Sensory Educational Institute cares for and organises support for children and teenagers as follows:
By creating individual care plans and implementing compensation techniques tailored to each disability, the facility is able to provide:
The centre is situated in Lyon’s 9th arrondissement, in a 1.5 hectare wooded park 15 minutes from the city centre.
The Les Primevères Sensory Educational Institute is approved for the provision of medico-social and educational support for visually impaired young people with complex clinical histories (sometimes including rare disabilities) as follows:
The care provision options (residential, semi-residential, temporary placements...) are decided together with the parents according to the young person’s needs and individual care plan.
Respecting legal requirements and the recommendations for good professional practice drawn up by ANESM (National Social and Medico-social Evaluation Agency) and HAS (National Authority for Health), the facility can: