Autism experience exhibition to illustrate challenges of 1 in 100
Two autism organisations are to hold an exhibition showing people what it’s like for the one in 100 autistic people in the community.
The Wicklow Triple A Alliance and AsIAm, will host an event for young people in Greystones from Monday, June 27, to Wednesday, June 29, at Hillside Church. The exhibition will use technology and activities to invite the young people of Greystones to experience the challenges, and step into the shoes, of those with autism. Being a young person can be tough for everyone - finding your feet, doing exams, making friends or starting relationships, going to college or getting your first job. For those with autism those all this change can throw up particular challenges. Autism is an invisible condition so despite needing to do things differently or finding some things hard, often people with autism don’t get support or understanding or can even be misunderstood, bullied or excluded. Perhaps that person might not be able to read or see words clearly, coudn’t understand what people are saying to them, or can’t hear directions being given, because they can hear all the surrounding noise. They might be hungry, but the texture of the food is so unpleasant that they don’t want to eat. The opening hours are Monday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the same on Wednesday as well as 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.