Sunday 24 September 2017

'Enjoy the rides and be treated like other kids': Carnival's event for children with physical and mental disabilities

Euroshow are hosting a special event for children with physical and mental disabilities tomorrow
Euroshow are hosting a special event for children with physical and mental disabilities tomorrow

Kathy Armstrong

A funfair is hosting a free event for children with special needs tomorrow morning to ensure they "get the attention and time needed for them to enjoy the rides."

The Euroshow Funfair has enjoyed a successful stint at Connolly's Field beside Tesco Extra in Dundalk, Co Louth and they are hosting a private show between 10.30am and 12pm tomorrow for children with physical or mental disabilities.

Spokeswoman Laurie Bird stressed that this event is only for children with special needs.

Outlining what it entails, she said: "We hold these complimentary special need sessions during all Funderland events and invite all the schools and centres successfully, we do not advertise that we hold such an event as it is specifically for people with special needs and we don't want it to be overcrowded with people who do not have special needs as it would ruin the day out for those we are holding the event for.

"We decided since extending the event in Dundalk to hold a complimentary special needs morning, we turn down the music, use less lighting effects, even adjust some of the attractions, for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Our full time staff volunteer their time to assist and we try to make up goodie bags for the kids on the way home.

"We understand it can be very overwhelming for some people with special needs to attend a funfair event when it is open to the public, crowded and loud so the best way we have found to overcome these issues is by putting on a specific and private event.

"We absorb the entire cost of putting on this specific event and do not charge for the rides or the goodie bags we only ask the schools and centres to organise the bus to and from the event."

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Organiser Killian Allen also spoke about the importance of the event.

He told Talk of the Town: "For kids with mental disabilities, autism etc, the funfair can be a scary loud place. We don’t want them kids to miss out so we have decided to run a two hour show with reduced music and noise.

"For the kids with physical disabilities the long queue on the rides and the time and attention the kids need can sometimes put people off going to the fairs.

"We are going to run the event with small numbers and extra staff to guarantee the kids get the attention and time needed for them to enjoy the rides and be treated like other kids.”

For more information see www.euroshow.ie

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