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This is a first for Ireland.

Clonakilty has officially been designated with an Autism Friendly status by AsIAm.

Around one in 65 people in Ireland live with Autism and many are misunderstood, excluded or left behind due to a lack of understanding in society.

The news marks a major step in the ongoing partnership between Adam Harris, Founder of AsIAm, Middletown Centre for Autism and SuperValu who, together, are committed to raising understanding and awareness of autism in communities across Ireland.

The journey began in July and saw businesses, organisations and community groups undergo training and organisational changes to ensure they secured full Autism Friendly Accreditation.

In 2015, Scally’s SuperValu in Clonakilty was the first retailer in Ireland to implement changes in-store that would ensure that members of the Autism Community could enjoy a better shopping experience. Fast forward three years, and the accreditation process has now been rolled out in 91 organisations.

All organisations have committed to putting the following measures in place:

  • Staff training
  • A Social Story
  • Becoming Service dog friendly
  • One sensory activity (e.g. a relaxation box, a quiet time or quiet room)

To find out more or to plan your visit, see clonakilty.ie/autism-friendly-town.


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