Academy Cato

In other words: Acato

Acato is a place for young people with autism who have not yet found their niche. 

Here they can:

- creative development
- cognitive development
- preparing for independent living
- preparing for work.
- working towards a secondary school diploma or partial certificates
- mapping out and following a personal learning route

For people aged eighteen and over, Acato is a functional daytime activity. Acato is then paid from the allocation of a PGB.

Eighteen-year-olds at Acato are usually enrolled at a non-v(s)o school. Children who come to Acato must remain enrolled at their school, which has the duty of care. However, Acato is paid by means of a PGB.

In order to manage the funds and increase the resources Bloemfleur Foundation foundation has been established.

At Acato, your child/young adult can be himself/herself. Together, we look at what he/she likes to do and what development is appropriate. Talents and wishes are our starting point. 

We believe that everyone has their own talents and that it is possible for these to flourish in a school environment.

Creative subjects

Core subjects

Other subjects

Each child receives a customised timetable. For example, it could look like this:




09.30 - 10.00 Enter
10.00 - 12.00 Dutch
12.00 - 12.30 Break
12.30 - 15.30 Sewing class


09.30 - 10.00 Enter
10.00 - 12.00 Show
12.00 - 12.30 Break
12.30 - 14.30 English
14.30 - 15.30 Free work


09.30 - 10.00 Enter
10.00 - 12.00 Drawing lesson
12.00 - 12.30 Break
12.30 - 15.30 Sewing lesson


09.30 - 10.00 Enter
10.00 - 12.00 Maths
12.00 - 12.30 Break
12.30 - 15.30 Photography & Media

Want to know more about what we can do for your child/young adult? 

Information for parents, caregivers & schools

We are not in favour of granting an Article 5a exemption to children who can learn, but who fail at school. It is possible to be exempted from school attendance and still retain the right to education. Article 11d and the Varia Act allow for this. The school where the pupil is enrolled then continues to have the duty of care. See information from the Education Inspectorate:

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