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Monday 17 December 2018

AAA Alliance has useful meeting

The Wicklow Triple A Alliance, a support and lobby group for those affected by autism, had a meeting on Monday night last week in the Ramada Hotel on the Southern Cross in Bray.The support and information night for parents of children with autism was a great success.

The Wicklow Triple A Alliance, a support and lobby group for those affected by autism, had a meeting on Monday night last week in the Ramada Hotel on the Southern Cross in Bray.

The support and information night for parents of children with autism was a great success.

The meeting offered a forum for parents to share their personal experiences and information.

The Wicklow Triple A Alliance, set up five years ago by Simon Harris, gives parents the oppertunity to discuss therapies and schooling.

Parents get a lot out of it,' said Harris.

There's been hunderd books written on autism but the best way for parents to deal with issues surrounding autism is to talk to those who have had the same experiences.'

Simon Harris has been personally effected by Autism. Simon has a brother withSimon has a brother with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), and because there was little or no help, Simon set up a parent advocacy group to lobby government to help young people with AS.

Both Harris and Joan Ryan, a Family Support Officer of Aspire, the Asperger's Syndrome Association of Ireland, spoke at the meeting.

The Triple A Alliance has previously issued a statement of support to the parents of Sean O Cuanachain from Arklow, who recently lost their case in the high court to have Sean educated under the applied behavioural analysis (ABA) method.

Sean's parents wanted the State to continue to pay for ABA, which costs around ?50,000 per child per year.

They argued that ABA is a well-established, internationally recognised way of teaching children with autism but the State argued against this.

Niall McGuinness



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