A special event to mark World Autism day in Derry has given members of the public a chance to meet experts and ask questions about the condition which affects many families in the North West.
The special exhibition event, in the Millennium Forum, was held to increase awareness of the autistic spectrum and to provide an open forum where people could discuss issues around the condition.
Speaking at the event Kieran Downey, Director of Women and Children’s Services, Western Trust said: “I am delighted to attend this fantastic event which encourages members of the public to find out more about Autism Spectrum Disorder and helps to promote community awareness of the needs of children, young people and service users with autism. I would like to thank Circle of Support for organising today’s event and through developing service in conjunction with voluntary and community organisation we aim to provide the highest degree of care and support possible to children and adults with ASD and also their families.”
Health Minister Edwin Poots was represented at the event by Michael Sweeney from the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety.
Mr Poots said: ““I am very pleased that, in the year the cross-departmental Autism Strategy was launched, there are a number of simultaneous events to focus attention on Autism and I recognise the efforts of so many people to mark World Autism Awareness Day in their own locality - I wish everyone involved with the Visible Spectrum exhibition today every success.”