Coffee Morning to support Autism Awareness

March 30, 2010

Every year, April is designated as Autism Awareness month and is seen as an opportunity to raise awareness of the condition.

To help raise funds for the Autism NI charity, a Crossmaglen mother has organised a Coffee Morning.  Fiona McCabe will host the event in the town’s Community Centre this Friday April 2nd, which is World Autism Awareness Day.

Mrs McCabe has been involved with the charity’s work since her eldest son, Patrick (9), was diagnosed with the condition at the age of three.

Every year in Northern Ireland alone, more than 300 children are diagnosed with Autism – a complex, invisible and lifelong disability, which disrupts the development of social and communication skills.

Many people with the condition also have a learning disability, but whatever their level of ability, they share a common difficulty in making sense of the world in the ways others do.

Autism is an isolating disability which affects the whole family, not just the individual. The challenging behaviour often displayed by affected children can place great strain on parents and families. With no cure and with numbers of diagnosis rising, those affected by Autism and their families face an uphill battle.

To help raise awareness of Autism and support Autism NI’s work, the community in Crossmaglen and the wider south Armagh area is encouraged to drop into Crossmaglen Community Centre between 10am and 12noon on Friday and show support for this worthy cause.