My name is Aoifa and I am the proud mum of Simon, who is 14, and Rebecca, who is 12. My son Simon has Autism.
He was diagnosed shortly after his second Birthday. Simon would have a lot of sensory issues so parties and large social events were never very successful, so over the years we just decided not to go.
Just over two years ago we heard about Áirc Midlands and decided we would attend their Summer Party at Birr Castle. We instantly felt a connection with the group and an acceptance that we had not found anywhere else over the years. Simon loved the party and we have attended all Áirc Midlands events ever since.
I have been volunteering with the group for about two years now and I would encourage parents to come along to an event and see all the great work they are doing for themselves.