Autism Support Louth & Meath is a parent-led group formed to provide information and support to families of children and adults affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2003, this wonderful group established the Drogheda ABACAS School for Children with Autism, now fully recognised by the Department of Education and regarded as an example of best practice in Autism Education in Ireland.
This seemingly tireless group also runs support group meetings, weekly youth clubs and summer camps, as well as being a source of information and lobbying locally and nationally on autism and disability issues. Autism Support has created a network of parents and families who can support and help each other, a truly invaluable resource to those involved.
Funds raised by National Lottery players helped support their Social Drama project, where professionals with drama and technical expertise worked with the older youth club on a number of activities including short films, radio programming for Autism Radio, an award-winning short film as well as musical performances. The participants really flourished and got to tap into their creativity while developing social skills and friendships.
This project was hugely beneficial in helping develop real skills and uncovering talents, as well as fostering better self-esteem, confidence and friendships. The project resulted in public performances at community events and work with other local drama groups, all encouraging a positive attitude and awareness of autism in the community, all of which Autism Support Louth & Meath is a worthy winner of this year’s Good Causes Youth Award.