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At La Roche-Posay Thermal Centre, we have been treating all kinds of skin diseases for over 100 years, because we want to change people's lives, and help them to gradually rebuild, thanks to an appropriate treatment programme.

We strive to continue helping young children affected by dermatitis, so they feel less itchy and sleep more peacefully; to helping women suffering from breast cancer to fight against the undesirable effects of the treatments and regain mobility and comfort after their operation. Our commitment to the human condition is the foundation of our values, and has been since our creation.

Before the Thermal Centre reopened in January 2022, we wanted to offer some additional comfort to our patients during their treatment, and so we created a new Cafeteria-restaurant. This means they now have a place to go to after their treatments, to perhaps discuss their experiences over a coffee, rebuild together, and enjoy a warm and peaceful setting.

To run this Cafeteria-restaurant, we have decided to offer positions to people with cognitive or mental disabilities, who still too often find it difficult to find a stable job.

At La Roche-Posay Thermal Centre, we always take a kind look at physical differences. The bathrobes hide scarring, burns and skin disorders - and after three weeks of treatment, these become less painful, less visible, and are, in many cases, more easily accepted.

We also want to have this approach with people with mental or cognitive disabilities. Nathalie and Christophe Gerrier who are founders of the inclusive restaurant “En 10 Saveurs” have been with us for nearly 3 years, and today we are proud to welcome a brand new team in the open kitchens of the Thermes du Connétable.

You will find our team on the right side of the main hall of the Spa, by the counter of the brand new inclusive Cafeteria. Whether to share a smile, a few comforting words, or to serve you a nice snack or refreshment, before or after your treatments, they will be there to help you.

What is mental or cognitive disability ?

A mentally handicapped person is a person who has lower than average intellectual functions, which leads to all cognitive capacities developing differently. That being said, cognitive disability means that only certain cognitive functions are affected: it's doesn’t necessarily mean there is an overall reduction in intellectual functioning . This is particularly the case for people with dyscalculia, dyspraxia or dyslexia.

Source: handipacte-mde.fr

Some figures for your information...

In France, 12 million people have some form of disability. INSEE (French national institute for statistical and economic studies), estimates that 6.6% have an intellectual disability.

16% of disabled people are unemployed: this is twice more than in the active population.

1% of people with Down's syndrome work in the mainstream, 2% for people with autism.

Source : trisomie21.org