No more schools for children with disabilities in Haute-Vienne, but not yet enough caregivers

No more schools for children with disabilities in Haute-Vienne, but not yet enough caregivers
No more schools for children with disabilities in Haute-Vienne, but not yet enough caregivers

The number of children with disabilities in school has almost doubled in less than ten years in Haute-Vienne. But the support of these students by AESH (supporters of students with disabilities) still often remains problematic: if their number has also doubled, it still remains insufficient, the fault, in particular, of their precarious status.

Since 2005, and the promulgation of the law for equal rights and opportunities, inclusive schools have continued to develop, welcoming ever more children with disabilities.

There were 134,000 of them in mainstream education in 2004.
Eighteen years later, their number reached 436,000!

The increase is a little less strong in Haute-Vienne, but still: we went from 1,500 in 2015 to 2,700 in 2024, or 4.5% of the workforce combined (public and private, primary and secondary) .

Children, many of whom (1,900 out of 2,700) benefit from a support notification, that is to say that an AESH must come to their aid.

But even if the numbers of these AESH have also increased, going from 405 in 2015 to 800 in 2024 in Haute-Vienne, their number therefore remains insufficient.

Especially since these jobs are very often part-time, and the 800 agents ultimately represent only 461 FTE (Full-Time Equivalent).

If the Directorate of National Education Services, the DSDEN, assures that it does not have any recruitment problems for these positions, some parents are faced with difficulties linked to the reception and support of their children in an ordinary school environment. .

Thus the family of little Loucas, 3 and a half years old, who lives in Saint-Priest-sous-Aixe in Haute-Vienne.
The boy suffers from Koolen de Vries syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects his abilities to eat, stand and even speak.

After more than a year of trying procedures for his parents, in order to obtain support from an AESH for their son, Loucas has finally been in school since last September. Schooling whose positive effects are undeniable.

Now he is sociable, he goes towards people. He plays with the other children, before that was unthinkable. Even with language, he tries to say the end of words, he has made a lot of progress… We didn’t expect so much!

Charlene Mery

mother of Loucas

However, just three days before Loucas returned, the person found had withdrawn. The situation was finally resolved urgently, and if the parents were able to understand the withdrawal, due to the precariousness of AESH contracts, they fear the same uncertainty for the next school year.

This remains a precarious contract, which is not for 35 hours. As a result, these people can find another job in the meantime, and therefore give up. But this affects us directly, since we are not sure, on the first day of school, that we will have someone.

Nicolas Mery

Loucas dad

The Academic Inspection, aware of the problem, nevertheless asks families for patience.

The process remains painful, given the child’s situation. So we strive to support parents as best we can, we want things to be ready as soon as possible. However, if we want to be the most efficient, and match the needs of the student where they are, with the staff who support them, we must be a little patient and accept that the start of the school year takes place, is prepared in tighter deadlines.

Corinne Grizon

general secretary of departmental services of National Education

This is why several teaching unions are now calling for better working conditions and an increase in salaries for those supporting disabled students, pillars of inclusive schools.




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The number of children with disabilities in school has almost doubled in less than ten years in Haute-Vienne. But the support of these students by AESH (supporters of students with disabilities) still often remains problematic: if their number has also doubled, it still remains insufficient, the fault, in particular, of their precarious status. Speakers: 1/ Elliott, big brother of Loucas 2/ Nicolas Méry, father of Loucas 3/ Corinne Grizon, general secretary of the departmental services of National Education 4/ Charlène Méry, mother of Loucas Team: A Demars, J Privat, A Lafeuill



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