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Disability and vocational rehabilitation in France

Helping people with intellectual disabilities find work with companies

The Air Liquide Foundation is providing its support to AIRES Paris in creating a training course to facilitate the vocational rehabilitation of people with intellectual disabilities.

An alternative to ESATs¹ 

The association AIRES Paris offers people with intellectual disabilities help finding or staying in employment in traditional companies. This work also implies helping partner companies to look for suitable candidates and adapting work stations. The association's work thus makes it easier for companies to comply with the French law of 2005 on the employment of disabled people.

AIRES Paris has helped 30 people find jobs since it was founded. 10 are currently followed by the association's team - composed of a psychologist, two rehabilitation managers, and volonteers – and work for big companies.

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In January 2015, the Air Liquide Foundation received the 2014 AIRES Trophy from the President of the association, Françoise GERVAIS © AIRES Paris

A customized apprenticeship program

As part of the development of its activity, the association has created the SIF ("Sas d’Insertion et de Formation" a rehabilitation and training course), which aims to help five new people every year. Lasting 6 to 12 months, this program includes:
• Support in written and oral expression, spatial awareness and orientation in time, autonomy of movement, learning about punctuality, etc.
• The creation of a video CV and preparing for job interview
• Educational workshops encouraging expression (theater, musical therapy, etc.)
• Work placements
• Weekly group workshops to discuss daily life working for a company

This transitional phase into professional life aims to highlight the candidate's skills.

The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting the creation of the SIF by financing an IT training kit.

In January 2015, the Air Liquide Foundation received the 2014 AIRES Trophy from the President of the association, Françoise GERVAIS.


 ¹Etablissements et Services d’Aide par le Travail (vocational rehabilitation centres)


  • Project initiator: AIRES Paris
  • Location: Île-de-France
  • Year of support: 2014
  • Air Liquide sponsor: Marie Fleury, Air Liquide Head Office