Thousands of families turn out for Autism NI’s Family Fun Days Throughout Northern Ireland
On Saturday 14th April Autism NI’s local Support Groups hosted their ‘Making Sense of Autism’ Family Fun Days throughout Northern Ireland. Autism is a lifelong disability that affects how a person communicates, interacts and ‘makes sense’ of the world around them.
Autism NI supports individuals and their families living with Autism to become integrated and valued members of the community. In celebration of World Autism Awareness Month this April thousands of families attended the ‘Making Sense of Autism’ events in Belfast, Ballymena, Enniskillen and Derry~Londonderry.
The Family Fun Days were planned to help local communities across the province gain a better understanding of Autism and for Autism families to come together and enjoy interactive activities and a health fair in an ‘Autism friendly’ environment.
Autism NI CEO Kerry Boyd said: “These events have been in the planning stages for months and it has been absolutely wonderful to see so many families coming together to help us raise awareness for Autism.
“As a charity I am delighted that we have been able to support our families through a fun, interactive and informative day. The health fairs gave so many parents an opportunity to gain vital information about support services available within their local area and it was great to see our children playing together and enjoying all the fun interactive activities on offer.
“I would also like to thank all the dignitaries that attended showing their support of Autism NI and the Autism community in Northern Ireland.”
Kerry added: “Next Saturday 21st April our Lisburn Family Support Group will be holding their Fun Day at the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lisburn from 1-4pm, so if you missed out on today’s activities please come along next week.”
Autism NI supports individuals and their families, and campaigns to raise awareness of Autism within the wider society. A local charity, it provides life-changing services for the 30,000 individuals living with Autism throughout Northern Ireland.
To find out more or for further information please call 028 9040 1729 or visit www.autismni.org.
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