Thursday 20 June 2019

New Ross named Autism friendly town in region

David Looby

New Ross has been chosen to become an Autism Friendly Town.

Sinn Fein Cllr Marie Doyle got the idea having came across countless families and individuals in the district who were in some way affected by autism.

Cllr Doyle submitted an application for New Ross to AsIAm in March, hoping that New Ross would be chosen as one of the towns to take part in a change process that will see New Ross having 'Autism Friendly' status. Currently Clonakilty is the only autism friendly town in Ireland.

'I am absolutely thrilled to have received confirmation that our application for New Ross was successful,' Cllr Doyle said.

'I have been speaking to many individuals over the past two months who want to get involved and see New Ross achieve this status. I think this will be great for New Ross and will attract many people into the town.'

She said this initiative will require the involvement of local businesses and community groups in New Ross to work together. Supervalu New Ross have kindly agreed to partner with autism organisation AsIAm to support New Ross every step of the way. Parents of children with autism have also expressed their interest in becoming involved.

'This will be a project that involves huge community effort, however many people in the community are excited about it,' Cllr Doyle said.

A public meeting is being held at 7.30 p.m. this Wednesday, May 22, to introduce the plan and to reach out to members of the community who may want to get involved.

Anyone who is interested in making New Ross an Autism Friendly Community is invited to attend. 'A special thank you to the Kennedy Boutique Hotel who have kindly offered complimentary use of their function room with refreshments for the meeting.'

If anyone has any queries in regards to this initiative they can contact Cllr Marie Doyle on 086-3598107.

New Ross Standard