Autism Working Group established to explore how Limerick can become an Autism Friendly location

Limerick City and County Council has established an Autism Working Group to explore the development of Limerick becoming an autism friendly location.

There are over 3,500 autistic people in Limerick and the vision of the Autism Working Group is to make Limerick an easier place for the autistic community to live and work under various headings such as public awareness, education and training, health care and public services.

Operating a sub group set up under the auspices of the Leisure and Culture Strategic Policy Committee its membership comprises of councillors and sectoral representative from the SPC, with Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon as chair.

Members are Cllrs Kieran O’ Hanlon, Elisa O’Donovan, Sarah Kiely, Conor Sheehan, Michael Donegan and Kevin Sheahan. Limerick PPN Rep Pádraig Lohan along with Donncha Ó Treasaigh, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, Cyril Kileen, Dóchas, Eleanor McSherry, University of Limerick Autism Special Interest Group, Keith Enright, ASD Ireland and Elaine Shea, Limerick Sports Partnership

They are working together to consider what is required to achieve an Autism Friendly Limerick.

A report on the findings of the Working Group will be presented to the Community, Leisure and Culture Strategic Policy Committee for their consideration before the end of 2021.

It is envisaged that this plan will include proposed actions that will assist in the development of the city and county being a better place to live, work and enjoy for the autistic community.

For further information or any queries please contact the group at autismworkinggroup@limerick.ie.

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