Autism ex­pe­ri­ence ex­hi­bi­tion to il­lus­trate chal­lenges of 1 in 100

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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