As we have all recently learned, the containment measures have been extended until April 26. After that date, they are subject to a three-phase relaxation, the details of which are now known. You must surely be wondering what these decisions mean for you and for our activities. The ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has forced us to stop all our activities abruptly. As you also know, our partner institutions have closed their workshops and most parents have taken their children home for an indefinite period of time. Some young people are struggling to understand what is going on, loss of bearings, altered routines, incomprehension… we pay tribute to he courage and tenacity of all these parents!
While the “deconfinement” strategy has recently been revealed at the national level, the Just for Smiles Foundation will have to integrate in this strategy a special attention to the consideration of people with disabilities in order to be able to determine us about an opening date for the next sailing season as well as any other activity (karting and joëllette and fantastic visits). However, this determination can only be made after prior consultation with a few partner institutions.
The preparation of the post-crisis period is therefore not to be neglected, as the exceptional measures deployed will only be able to hold out over the long term if the medico-social establishments benefit from reinforced means for the rehabilitation and reintegration of their residents, a smooth adaptation to a disrupted reality. Many parents also fear that children will have difficulty returning to their institution once the confinement is lifted. We therefore wish to optimise our primary mission and maximise our mobilisation to guarantee continuity in the support of people with disabilities through reinforced measures for the care of people with disabilities and their carers (whether they be medical-social institutions or parents).
We will keep you informed. Take care of yourself and of your loved ones.