A man is perched on a crane 40 meters high in Cugnaux, southwest of Toulouse. The firefighters, warned around 7:30 am this Wednesday morning, indicate that he does not want to jump, but that he wishes alert on his situation. The man in his fifties unfurled a banner. He asks for the placement of his disabled son in an adapted structure.
Gendarmes and firefighters are on site, at the corner of avenue du Comminges and rue de Las Borios. Two GRIMP men climbed onto the structure to secure the desperate man to a harness and give him a blanket.
Administrative battle, between Haute-Garonne and Gers
Reached by France Bleu Occitane, Olivier says he is “desperate”, and explains the situation of his 24-year-old son: “Our son did seven internships in different institutes. Only one center agreed to take it, that of Ordan-Larroque (Gers). It will soon be five years, and nothing has been done since for there to be a placement measure in this institution.“.
A decision that falls to the MDPH (Departmental House of Handicapped Persons) of Haute-Garonne, which depends on the Departmental Council. However, the Ordan-Larroque center is in the Gers, and suddenly things get stuck! The administration would be reluctant to cross this departmental border.
Our biggest handicap is administration!
“It is an administration that we have been fighting against since he was born! Our biggest handicap is the administration: the MDPH and the ARS, which themselves are handicapped! They are deaf and blind“Olivier gets angry.
Olivier explains that he will only get off the crane on one condition: an official letter telling him that his son can be taken care of by the specialist center in Ordan-Larroque.