The aim is to create a dynamic and active group in which the participants can develop social and practical abilities fundamental for their daily independent life.
Through the method of simulations, creative activities and real practical operations, all conducted in a supportive group work, youngsters diagnosed with autistic spectrum can experience and practice basic socials interactions useful in their daily routines and developing a certain level of independence for their future adult life.
By the help and support of others, any participant can simulate in a playful context some daily scenery which are natural and granted for most of the people, but that can be extremely difficult for youngsters in autistic spectrum, such as speak of themselves and their feelings, communicate their needs or preferences, order a pizza as far as to the complex activity due to organize a little trip to visit a museum in a group work.
All activities are conducted and facilitated by three professional educators, which can split the group in sub groups and hence do more precise work by skills and inclination.

The youngsters are also involved in some creative activities, such as the recording of staged interviews, simulated dialogues and every day experiences in video, and even a video podcast about their choral experience of the organization and realization of the trip for visiting a museum in another village in the region.
This audiovisual section of the project has had a good success and involvement among the youngsters because of the use of tech devices like smartphones and cameras which are very familiar and extensively used by youngsters in their daily lives and between their pairs.

The event also has an edition aimed at children called “Mini Schmiede”. This project is similar to the main event, but in Mini Schmiede children are invited to spend two days with young mentors in activities related to STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Target Audience

JOIE DE VIVRE  project is addressed primarily to youngsters autistic, mainly between 14 to 20 years.

Why is it a good practice in the accessibility area?

The project main value is in the method of approach which has 2 main characteristics:
The group Work
The “do it” , practical approach

By working in the realization of real and practical needs and context, the youngsters can experience real life experiences in a protected environment, learning and developing skills by imitation and by friends, pair, support and help, feeling more comfortable and having the right space for everyone’s time and ways of being.

The other important outcome is the possibility to meet new persons who share the same life experience and the creation of new friendships and relations with pairs, which can become very important for real life support between the youngsters and not last between their families. 

Promoting Organization

ANGSA Vda / Esprit à L’envers /CSV Vda with the contribution of Aosta Valley region Italian Ministry of work and social Politics