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Thousands of families turn out for Autism NI family fun days

Arlene Foster MLA is joined by Stacey, Megan and Amelia Megee at the Autism NI event.
Arlene Foster MLA is joined by Stacey, Megan and Amelia Megee at the Autism NI event.

Thousands of families turned out to support the ‘Making Sense of Autism’ fun days throughout Northern Ireland.

Autism NI, which supports individuals and their families living with autism, hosted the events in Belfast, Ballymena, Enniskillen and Londonderry on Saturday.

Jonah Gilchrist at an Autism NI event in Londonderry.
Jonah Gilchrist at an Autism NI event in Londonderry.
Arlene Foster MLA is joined by Stacey, Megan and Amelia Megee at the Autism NI event.
(l-r) Aoibheann Craig and Leonie Craig at an Autism NI event in Londonderry.
Arlene Foster MLA, centre gets some help from Councillor Alex Baird, vice chairman Fermanagh Omagh Council and Britney McManus, Party Bees to make slime along with Lolli and Bobbi Fegan and Lilly and Oliver Mota - Domer.
(l-r) Rita Leber with Ruairi McSwiggan (4) and Chloe McSwiggan (6) at an Autism NI event in Londonderry
Ethan Magee meeting a Stormtropper at an Autism NI event in Belfast
AJ Pratt at the Autism NI event in Belfast
Bentley Miller, RJ Getty and Jonie Getty at an Autism NI event in Ballymena.

The family fun days were planned to help local communities across the province gain a better understanding of autism and for autism families to come together and enjoy interactive activities and a health fair in an ‘autism friendly’ environment.

Kerry Boyd, chief executive of Austism NI, said: “These events have been in the planning stages for months and it has been absolutely wonderful to see so many families coming together to help us raise awareness for Autism.

“As a charity I am delighted that we have been able to support our families through a fun, interactive and informative day.

"The health fairs gave so many parents an opportunity to gain vital information about support services available within their local area and it was great to see our children playing together and enjoying all the fun interactive activities on offer.

“I would also like to thank all the dignitaries that attended showing their support of Autism NI and the Autism community in Northern Ireland.”

 The charity will be holding their final ‘Making Sense of Autism’ Family Fun Day on Saturday April 21 at the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lisburn from 1pm – 4pm.

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