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Praise for Informative Newry Autism Event

4 April, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry Armagh Assembly member Mickey Brady has praised all those involved in organising the recent Autism Awareness presentation in Newry. He said the presentation by the Australian academic Wendy Lawson who herself has Autism was very informative, interesting and challenging.

Mr Brady said:

"Wendy's talk laid to rest a number of myths surrounding children with Autism. Autism in itself is a very wide spectrum and affects many children and indeed a number of adults who have not been diagnosed until they were grown up.

"There is wide support from across the political board for an 'Autism Act' to be introduced which should not provide a level protections required nut also give the condition the profile it deserves and raise awareness on the subject.

"There is also an urgent need for the provision of proper financial and support resources. An infrastructure to deal with Autism in a caring, professional and structured way is essential.

"It is also very frustrating that the Middletown Autism Centre facility which had been first brought on stream by Martin McGuiness has not been up and running before now. However, I am confident that we were now seeing positive signals that the waiting was over. The Centre will offer support and training to people living with and working with autism from across the island. There is no doubt of the huge benefits that the Centre will bring." ENDS

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