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Coffee/Support Morning 15th May Tuesday 11am to 1pm

Join us for tea, coffee and treats, meet others from the Autism community in Galway and share your experiences in a relaxed setting. Children are welcome but must be supervised by their parent/guardian. Let us know you’re coming by emailing coordinator@galwayautismpartnership.com or phone 091 588899

Parent/Guardian Meeting with HSE 17th April 2018 – Presentations and Meeting Notes

Parent/Guardian Meeting with HSE 17th April 2018 – Presentations and Meeting Notes NOW ONLINE Thank you to all the families who attended the meeting on Tuesday 17th of April. In total there was over 55 families who attended which was fantastic! This meeting was a follow up one to the one held in March 2017 at Merlin Park Hospital. These meetings have come about by parents working as a team to put pressure on the HSE. A special thank you to the volunteer Parent Committee Mary Moynihan Conneely, Rionach Ni Neill, Colette Dempsey , Alan Ambrose and Oonagh Lally and Edel Abberton. The committee consisted of members and trustees of Galway Autism Partnership (trustees are volunteers- they do not get any reward monetary or otherwise). Mary also serves as a parent rep in a volunteer capacity on the steering committee over the ASD team and also donated her expertise as a professional advocate ate for free. The Parent Committee was set up at the end of last years meeting it to look at the issues facing families waiting or with the team. It was and is not there duty to solve the problems of the HSE.There was many meetings held at Galway Autism PArtnership over the last year until the meeting this April 2018 they will continue . The priority for the parents committee and Galway Autism Partnership is to Advocate for the families affected where we can with out limited resources .The parents on the committee are all raising a child or children on the autism spectrum themselves.   1.Synopsis of how the current ASD team came about and the Parent Working group  2.There was 3 Individual presentations on the Day by Frances Forde Project […]

Life at GAP:A Teenage View

In April 2017 nine of Galway Autism Partnership teenage members – Jack, Bryan, Natasha, Sarah, Kira, Sean, Dylan, Nathan & Kiernan -took part in a series of workshops as part of a GAP Film Club. This film club was made possible by a generous donation by 100 Men Ireland. The young people involved had full creative control, produced a documentary and a short movie, supported by Garry from GK Media. This film was showcased at a premiere in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society ILAS Centre in NUI, Galway on Friday the 21st of July. In this video, the young people discuss their personal experience of autism, and have some mini movies included, all their own work. Their first mini movie in this film looks at how being on the autism spectrum can sometimes feel like being an alien on another planet. These amazing young people are rightly, very proud of their work. Both they and their parents have spoken how producing this film has helped the young people in this film, with their confidence in their own abilities and social interactions. GAP as a small charity is incredibility proud to be able to have had the opportunity to work with these amazing young people, who make the world and our society richer by their presence. They supported each other so well during the entire process.Each bringing their own unique talents to the project. It just goes to show how acceptance and support can go a long way to providing opportunities, not just for those being supported, but those working with them to grow and learn from the people they support.