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Monday 22 April 2019

Exhibition shines a light on autism

Cottage Autism Network board members Mag Furness, Ballykelly; Saskia and Servaas Dodebier, Crossabeg; Bobby Devereux, Rosslare and Pauline Byrne, Ballymurn
Cottage Autism Network board members Mag Furness, Ballykelly; Saskia and Servaas Dodebier, Crossabeg; Bobby Devereux, Rosslare and Pauline Byrne, Ballymurn

David Looby

Images of Autism is a photographic exhibition by the Cottage Autism Network (CAN) Photography Group which was launched by Cllr Michael Sheehan in New Ross Library last Tuesday on World Autism Awareness Day.

Nine adult members of CAN took part in a photography course - which was supported through the Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Boards' Community Education Programme - over a number of months with adult education tutor Kristin Gray. They produced a beautiful, honest and eclectic collection of images depicting everyday life in families with experience of autism.

The photography exhibition and accompanying booklet tells the story of the diverse nature of Autism Spectrum Disorder, highlighting the many strengths of autism and creating awareness of some of the challenges experienced by those living with autism. It is hoped that this powerful exhibition will help to promote understanding and acceptance of autism in our communities.

CAN provides support to those impacted by autism spectrum disorder and their families through raising awareness of autism and related issues and providing information on autism and related issues to health professionals and other interested parties. CAN also run training for parents, carers and professionals on autism-related topics. For more information on CAN, contact 087 1035355, www.cottageautismnetwork.com or email info@cottageautismnetwork.com

The Community Education programme of WWETB supports informal learning that contributes to the development of the local community through enhancing learning, empowering people and contributing to society. Grants and Tutor Hours are available to community groups. For more information on the Community Education programme in Wexford, please contact Sarah Lavan on 053 91 23799 ext. 151, www.waterfordwexford.etb.ie or email sarahlavan@wwetb.ie

The exhibition will run during library opening hours until April 30.

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