New Ross to become an ‘Autism Friendly Town’


New Ross has been chosen to become an Autism Friendly Town and a public meeting will take place at 7.30 pm on Wednesday in the Kennedy Boutique Hotel to introduce the plan and reach out to members of the community who wish to get involved.
The project started with an idea to make New Ross a more inclusive and better place to live for everyone after Local Election Sinn Féin candidate for New Ross Municipal District Cllr. Marie Doyle came across countless families and individuals in the district who were in some way effected by Autism.


Cllr. Doyle submitted an application for New Ross to AsIAm in March 2019, hoping that New Ross would be chosen as one of the towns to take part in a change process that will see New Ross having ‘Autism Friendly’ status. Currently Clonakilty is the only Autism friendly town in Ireland.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have received confirmation that our application for New Ross was successful. I have been speaking to many individuals over the past two months who want to get involved and see New Ross achieve this status. I think this will be great for New Ross and will attract many people into the town”
This initiative will require the involvement of local businesses and community groups in New Ross to work together. Supervalu New Ross have kindly agreed to partner with Autism organisation AsIAm to support New Ross every step of the way. Parents of children with Autism have also expressed their interest in becoming involved.
“Anyone who is interested in making New Ross an Autism Friendly community is invited to attend. A special thank you to the Kennedy Boutique Hotel who have kindly offered complimentary use of their function room with refreshments for the meeting,” Cllr Doyle told
“This will be a project that involves huge community effort, However, many people in the community are excited about it,” concluded Cllr. Doyle.

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