Founded in 1962, Les Papillons Blancs – The White Butterflies – is an association of parents of children with disabilities. Its purpose is to enable these children to participate fully in normal activities and experiences, just like any other child.
It has four key principles:
• Asserting the children’s right to life, education, culture, leisure activities etc.
• Strengthening the bond between the individuals who are supported by the association and the families
• The uniqueness of the individual
To support these aims, the association uses the “Snoezelen” method, also known as controlled multisensory stimulation, which was developed in the Netherlands in the 1970s. This method plunges children with disabilities into a genuine sensory immersion environment: heated water mattresses, bubble columns, and more.
This programme focuses on developing long-term relationships with the children.
Les Papillons blancs is supoorted by BNP Paribas Foundation’s Coup de pouce Programme.