LOFFA appeal for an
Autism Friendly Laois

Pictured are L.O.F.F.A Committee members with Michael English and Cllr. Gerry Lodge at Laois Shopping Centre on Wedensday last. Photo Denis Byrne.
The Laois/Offaly Families for Autism group are asking local business, clubs and individuals to get involved with the national AsIAM campaign and consider what they can do to be more Autism friendly.

The Laois/Offaly Families for Autism group are asking local business, clubs and individuals to get involved with the national AsIAM campaign and consider what they can do to be more Autism friendly.

They want local businesses, clubs and services to make a pledge as to what they can do to ensure their services are inclusive of persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and their families.

They are holding an information evening on Thursday night in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel to find out more about the campaign and what you can do to be more Autism Friendly. Adam Harris, CEO and Founder of Asiam.ie will be the guest speaker on the night.

“It is a national campaign, but we’re inviting local clubs, businesses and individuals to get involved with us. We’re just asking people to make one pledge - this can be as simple as pledging to attend our information evening or pledging to turn off the background music in your store for one hour per week,” Mary Dunne, Advocacy officer with LOFFA.

The Autism Awareness group will also be recognising local business who have been nominated by their members as Autism friendly. They will be presented with certificates of recognition for going that extra mile for LOFFA families on Thrusday night, also.

“It is in the business’ interest to make themselves more autism friendly, as it will increase their customer base too. We are happy to work with any local business to make just one small change.”