Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Karen Mullan has welcomed a new imaginative initiative to provide a quiet space for children with Autism to be part of festivals taking part in the city over the summer.
Foyle MLA Karen Mullan said “Following being contacted by parents of children with Autism on this issue I held a number of meetings with Autism groups, WHSCT and Triax Neighbourhood Management Team to discuss it out and see if we could all collectively come up with new ideas so that these children could rightly be part of the local festivals.
Many children with autism are extremely sensitive to all sorts of loud sounds, background sounds from radio and the TV all of which could overwhelm or distract them.
I am delighted that staff at the Traix Neighbourhood Management Team and Creggan Day Centre have come together to provide a safe play place located at Creggan Day Centre where children can have a break away space if required.
I want to commend these organisations for taking the iniatiative in this year Féile and hope that other organisations and festival organisations will take the lead in doing so.