Interactive exhibition about autism comes to Portlaoise this Saturday

Young people invited to “step into shoes” of people with Autism

Lynda Kiernan

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LOFFA, the Laois Offaly autism support group

LOFFA members with singer Michael English and Cllr Jerry Lodge in Portlaoise. The group is hosting an exhibition to further young people's understanding of Autism.

An exhibition that enables viewers to experience what it is like to have Autism, by AsIAm, a national autism charity, is being brought to the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel by Laois Offaly Families for Autism this Saturday November 26 from 9am to 4pm.

The Autism Experience Exhibition is an interactive, pop up exhibition which enables visitors to gain a practical understanding of Autism, by using a self-guided MP3 player tour through a series of interactive activities.

The exhibition is specifically aimed at young people aged 16-22. One in 68 young people are diagnosed with the condition in Ireland.

People with Autism experience and understand the world differently, but with support make a valuable contribution to society. As Autism is an invisible condition, many young people experience bullying, misunderstanding or exclusion from their peers.

“People with autism often experience a sense of being overwhelmed and confused by what others see as normal life, and this exhibition will allow those attending to understand this more than they have done before,” said CEO of AsIAm Adam Harris.

The exhibition was developed with the support of the Department of Justice and Equality and is free to visit.