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Ireland Walks for Autism

Posted on 19th February 2020

Four weeks into the Walk for Autism challenge, we're happy to report that more people have signed up in Ireland for Walk for Autism 2020 than in the past two years combined.

Ted Bourke – Director for Autism Initiatives Ireland said: “Money raised through Walk for Autism has had a lasting and positive impact. We are hoping Walk for Autism 2020 will be the best campaign yet, as we would love to use fundraised income to help generate more employment opportunities for autistic people in our communities.”

It is hoped that the charity will be able to use social enterprise to highlight and develop the skills and abilities that people on the autistic spectrum offer. The aim is also to promote the talent of some people who would consider self-employment, with the use of pop-up shops.

In Northern Ireland money from previous Walk for Autism campaigns has helped to give non-verbal autistic people a voice through the purchase of communication aides and has also enabled lifesaving defibrillator equipment to be more widely available.

Eamonn Slevin, Director for Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland said: “We are investing in services for autistic people in Northern Ireland and need funds for specialist equipment that will help transform lives. Walk for Autism has provided vital funds to Northern Ireland projects since the campaign started two years ago and every step taken by those walking for autism across Ireland has made a difference to autistic people and their families locally.”
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