Belfast Telegraph

Summer buzz for autistic teenagers

By Donna Deeney

Funding has been granted for a project that will equip 65 autistic teenagers with skills to help them through adult life.

Families with young people between the ages of 14 and 19 from the Limavady, Derry and Strabane areas have received support as the holidays start for a number of structured summer activities locally.

At the Western Trust’s Autism Spectrum Disorder project, called ‘Turning the Curve’, they took part in orienteering and other active outdoor activities, as well as photography, a DJ workshop and arts and crafts.

Kieran Downey, Western Trust assistant director of children's mental health and disability said: “It is important to provide this opportunity for young people to participate in summer activities that stimulate their minds and help them to stay physically active.’’

The project is funded by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme through Co-operation and Working Together, the cross border health services partnership.

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