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Paris played host to Autism East Midlands’ Children Services last week, as 50 children were able to visit The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees and Disneyland Paris as well as other wonderful sites the city has to offer.

Autism East Midlands Children Services have in the past been away to places such as Gran Canaria, Florida and they even organised a trip to Ibiza for a group of 18-25 year olds who wanted to experience a clubbing holiday. Dawn and the team work tirelessly to ensure that those children attending these holidays, as well as their families, are given the best possible experience. These holidays create memories and help the children who attend them to develop skills in social interaction and help them to develop the confidence they need to try new things.

One parent, whose son travelled to Paris with Autism East Midlands said:

“For Duncan these holidays give him the opportunity to experience what normal young people do. He enjoys being with staff and has built up a small friendship group with like minded people which wouldn’t happen in day to day life. His social interaction and language and self help skills have all improved thanks to your holidays. He has a wonderful set of photos and memories and experiences he’d never ever have had without you. It has to be said that AEM is a unique, bespoke service which is our lifeline and the main reason for giving Duncan a fantastic variety of experiences. There is absolutely no other service who can give Duncan and us this type of support.”

For more photos from the trip then please look out for a blog piece from a budding photographer who went to Paris, which will be uploaded to the website next month!