Sesobel - Autism center - The Autism Project in Brief

Autism is Real, so is its Cost



In 1981, SESOBEL established the early intervention program for children ages 1 – 5 years old with any kind of disability, including autism.

In 1989, SESOBEL created the first specialized program for children and youth with autism.

The present SESOBEL Autism Center hosts around 75 children and youth with autism.


Today, this center can no longer accommodate the growing needs of SESOBEL’s children and youth with autism, thus the need to build a new center.

With this new Autism Center, SESOBEL is taking a large leap forward towards the future. The center will be completely adapted to provide the necessary setting needed for the harmonious development of the children and youth with autism. The spacious classrooms, workshops, treatment and rehabilitation rooms, game room, resting area, all allow for a special integration of functionality unseen in other school settings.


The building will include several units and programs for the children and youth with autism:


A family reception for 220 families

An early intervention center
for 50 children from 0 to 6 years old


An education center
for 40 children and youth with autism


Therapy units
for 100 children and youth


Outpatient care program
Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy,
Psychomotor Therapy, Physiotherapy and Psychotherapy


A daytime center
for support and socialization, and social integration for 30 young adults.


A recreational area
for the children and their families


A hydrotherapy unit
for children with autism that will also be used by around 200 children and youth with disabilities at SESOBEL. This hydrotherapy unit will also benefit outpatients and will therefore be a source of self-financing.

The hydrotherapy unit opened its door since September 2017


Our Innovation:
A residential care center
with private bedrooms and bathrooms to welcome, on a rotation basis, 15 youngsters with autism. This space is to provide a real home environment where the youth with autism will share living spaces, thus creating a family-like structure, with emphasis on human interactions and socialization.


Budget Summary (as of 01/01/2018):

- Total Budget: USD 9,277,521

- Raised: USD 7,885,779
• Studies and Consultancy: USD 167,000
• In-Kind Donations: USD 2,308,055
• Specific donation for the construction of the Hydrotherapy unit : USD 1,298,383
• Total donations in Cash : USD 4,112,341

- Remaining Balance to be funded: USD 1,391,742

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