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Active promotion and engagement with the ‘Autism Aware in Clare’ pilot is needed, an outgoing county councillor has said.

In what was her final West Clare Municipal District meeting, Cllr Susan Crawford (GP) detailed that four online autism awareness training workshops have been held with sensory kits distributed to churches and community centres with communication boards specific to each area of West Clare to be designed.

There has been a great response to autism awareness in Miltown Malbay, Cllr Crawford stated. “It is really uplifting to see people engage with the process”.

Cllr Joe Garrihy (FG) paid tribute to Cllr Crawford for her work in this area, “It is wonderful to see the work she is doing with groups around the county and the vibe that is coming off it”. The design of the new park in Lisdoonvarna will put a focus on autism awareness, he said.

Last week, Clare became only the third county in Ireland to hold an Autism Cúl Camp. Officials in Clare GAA and Clare Sports Partnership are hopeful that this will become an annual event.

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