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(Ireland) Atlantic Technological U. in Sligo declared "autism friendly"

ATU

has been designated as autism friendly.

It has become the first TU to receive this accolade. ATU joins DCU and NCI in being designated as autism friendly and is the first in the west of Ireland to achieve the award.

ATU’s Disability and Inclusion Officers, Dr Shelley Brady and Linda Mulligan have worked with AsIAm’s international accreditation committee in developing a three-year action plan for the university.

These actions will bring the nine principles of an autism friendly campus into practice to help remove barriers in day-to-day campus experiences for students with autism.

Included in the nine principles are; additional supports, provision of quiet spaces and securing employment after third-level.

Speaking at the official launch, Adam Harris, CEO and Founder of the national autism charity AsIAm said the designation of ATU Sligo as an Autism Friendly Campus was a significant occasion for autistic students who face challenges others do not experience:

“This is a momentous occasion for this campus to be formally recognised as an autism friendly university. …

President of ATU, Dr Orla Flynn said the designation will help bring the needs of autistic students to the forefront of the university.

“I am delighted to announce that ATU’s Sligo campus has achieved designated autism-friendly status, with accreditation from Ireland’s national autism charity, AsIAm.

“This achievement of becoming an Autism Friendly Campus is very fitting to announce during the week following International Day of Persons with Disabilities….

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