€40,000 funding for local innovative autism project
An innovative autism programme with its roots in Fingal is to be awarded funding of €40,000.
The 'Not So Different Creative Ability Hub' which celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder has been awarded €40,000 by Digital Innovation Programme by Minister Michael Ring from the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Senator James Reilly welcomed the funding announcement saying: 'I have a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and I welcome this key positive initiative emanating from Fingal.'
The funding will go towards the kit-out of a room providing 13 creative digital workstations comprised of high spec graphic PCs, laptops, hard drives, creative suite software, wired fit out and installation.
Senator Reilly said: 'I look forward to the implementation of the project, results and report afterwards. Hopefully it can be rolled out nationwide after it has been proven successful in Fingal.'
The Programme is designed to support and encourage imaginative uses of technology by Local Authorities for the common good.
A total of €246,294 is being allocated for eight Local Authority-led digital initiatives, under the Programme.
These initiatives are piloted locally before they are scaled up or replicated elsewhere in the country.
The response to the latest call for applications under the Digital Innovation Programme was particularly strong. The projects that were submitted bear testament to the level of creativity and innovation in Ireland's communities and within our local authorities.
Senator Reilly explained: 'Not So Different Creative Ability Hub celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder to realise their full potential through education and employment.
'The Hub is a social enterprise comprising of a local authority, local development company, second level and third level educators that work with the neuro-diversity specialists 'Not So Different'. The hub will provide employability skills training and support talented creative individuals to become work-ready, and build connections with employers that value talents such as logic and pattern thinkers, thinking in pictures, problem solving, analytical abilities, creative and innovative abilities and others.'