Autism branch backs Multyfarnham announcement

The Chairperson of the Longford branch of Midlands Autism has described news of a new Autism centre of excellence in Multyfarnham as “very encouraging.”

The Chairperson of the Longford branch of Midlands Autism has described news of a new Autism centre of excellence in Multyfarnham as “very encouraging.”

Chairperson Ann O’Leary said, while she is still awaiting further details on the establishment of the centre of excellence, any moves to bring about state of the art facilities to assist families with autism is positive.

“The only centre we know of is in Northern Ireland, so this is a very welcome announcement, especially since Multyfarnham is just a few miles away. Given the cuts across the board in care as we’re seeing in St Christopher’s budget this year, any additional facilities would be a great boost,” she said.

“This new centre will have facilities we will be able to use such as training rooms, speech and language therapy and sensory rooms, which we do not currently have access to in Longford.”

It is believed the new centre will be the national office for Irish Autism Action and it is understood a diagnostic and assessment service are part of the plans. It is expected to be operating by June. The centre will be located in Multyfarnham Abbey after the Franciscans gifted a significant portion of the premises to Irish Autism Action.

Ms O’Leary also mooted the possibility of acquiring a space in Connolly Barracks that could be transformed into a sensory room for people with autism living in Longford. There are currently 27 families in the Longford branch of Midlands Autism.

The Longford branch of Midlands Autism will meet on Friday 13 April to discuss the development of the centre of excellence in Multyfarnham.